Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Dark Side: Exhibition Peers into Romanticism's Realm of Evil

September 27, 2012

A new exhibition in Frankfurt focuses on the dark side of the Romantic movement. Works from artists including Dalí, Goya and Munch examine themes of good and evil, sanity and madness and suffering and lust. Just the thing for the long winter evenings.

As autumn's dusky mantle begins to settle over Germany, the doors to a fitting new exhibition that explores the gloomy side of the Romantic movement have creaked open in Frankfurt.

Visitors to the city's Städel Museum are taken to a strange twilight world with the nightmarish visions, Satanic rites and somber death scenes featured in "Dark Romanticism: From Goya to Max Ernst," which opened on Wednesday.

"The art works speak of loneliness and melancholy, passion and death, of the fascination with horror and the irrationality of dreams," the museum says in a statement.

Some 240 works from more than 70 artists comprise the show, encompassing some 150 years of fascination with mysticism and the supernatural. The paintings, sculptures, photographs and films were created by prominent artists such as Francisco de Goya, William Blake, Caspar David Friedrich, Johann Heinrich Fuseli, Edvard Munch, René Magritte, Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dalí, and Max Ernst. While some come from the Städel's own halls, others are on loan from internationally recognized collections like the Musée d'Orsay and Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Museo del Prado in Madrid and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition categorizes the works both chronologically and geographically with an aim toward linking various interpretations of Romanticism, the post-Enlightenment movement that began sweeping across Europe by the end of the 18th century and continued its influence long after.


Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie

Salvador Dalí
Füssli (1790)
"Frankenstein" (1931) directed by James Whale
"Faust" (1926) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Goya (1797-8)
Ernst Ferdinand Oehme (1828)
Carlos Schwabe (1907)
Edvard Munch (1916-8)
René Magritte (1945)
Franz von Stuck (1893)
Caspar David Friedrich (1821-2)
Paul Hippolyte Delaroche (1845-6)
Samuel Colman (1836-8)
William Blake (1803-5)

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