For the first time the MGGU - Museum Giersch of the Goethe University presents the
exciting artist Ernst Weil (1919-1981) in his native city of Frankfurt am Main. With about 120 works from private and public lenders, Weil's multifaceted oeuvre is presented in its entire breadth. The works on display range between abstraction and figuration and include paintings, drawings, prints, and applied art. Based on a partial takeover of the retrospective of Weil's painterly works shown at the Kunstvilla Nürnberg in 2020, the exhibition at the MGGU focuses on visualizing the fruitful interconnection of the artist's graphic and applied work with his paintings.
"The title of the exhibition 'Spontaneous and Constructive' refers to two important characteristics of Weil's works, which oscillate between spontaneous gesture and careful construction of the pictorial space. At the same time, Weil's works actually always show a reference back to classical pictorial forms such as landscapes, still lifes or the human figure," said Laura Domes, curator of the exhibition. Goethe University President Enrico Schleiff comments, "For years, the MGGU's exhibitions have enriched Goethe University's broad spectrum of research. The exhibition on Ernst Weil, who has a close connection to the city of Frankfurt, is another example of how a scientific accompaniment enriches an exhibition and how this in turn becomes a contribution to science and also to the science communication of our Goethe University."