“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.