Art exhibition

Two for the Show

pechstein Foto bpk Jörg P. Anders
Max Pechstein, an expressionist painter, in 1910.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The monumental, unprecedented and rich “ImEx” show at Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie brings Impressionist and Expressionist artworks together for direct comparisons, and the differences are stark.

  • Facts


    • The exhibition, on Berlin’s Museum Island, runs through September 20. The catalog costs €25, or $27.43.
    • One hundred of the show’s 160 artworks are from collections of Berlin museums, so the exhibit illustrates the city’s world-class aesthetic resources.
    • Impressionism is a 19th century art movement that started in Paris. Expressionism is a modernist movement that started in Germany in the early 20th century.
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“ImEx” is the succinct, simple title of a major art exhibition at Berlin’s national gallery.

There have been numerous exhibitions about French Impressionism and German Expressionism in the past. So far though, no exhibition has dared to attempt a direct comparison of the two movements.

The Alte Nationalgalerie is now offering this twin perspective in an exhibition created by departing curator Angelika Wesenburg.

The show establishes aesthetic bridges but also lines of demarcation. Some of the contrasts come through most clearly in the comparison of different motifs, and many are possible in this exhibition of 160 works.

One hundred of the paintings are drawn from collections of Berlin museums in a world-class show of the city’s resources, presented with exuberance and aplomb.

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