The German-American artist Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) is a classic of modern art. The SCHIRN is dedicating the first major retrospective in Germany in more than 25 years to the important painter and graphic artist and is drawing a comprehensive and surprising overall picture of his oeuvre.
Feininger is known for his paintings of buildings, crystalline architecture in unmistakable monumentality and harmony of colors. However, today's reception often overlooks the originality and artistic richness of his oeuvre, which reflects numerous trends of modernism. The SCHIRN presents rarely shown major works, but also lesser-known works such as the artist's recently rediscovered photographs. Early on, Feininger developed a very unique style as a graphic artist and caricaturist. In addition to central works from the early figurative phase with political caricatures, humorous-grotesque city views and carnivalesque figures, the exhibition also sheds light on his role as the first Bauhaus teacher and master of graphic techniques such as drawing and woodcut. With central works, a special focus is on the 1930s and the artist's U.S. exile. With around 160 paintings, drawings, caricatures, watercolors, woodcuts, photographs, and objects, the exhibition highlights important themes and lines of development that shaped Feininger's work and made it unmistakable.