Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)

17 Feb 2017 - 28 May 2017
Fundacion Juan March, Madrid

The exhibition "Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)" is the first retrospective of the artist in Spain, a Bauhaus teacher and a key figure in the context of the artistic avant-gardes.

Feininger was born in New York, but his parents, both musicians of German origin, sent him to Hamburg at the age of sixteen to complete his musical training. This dual German-American background would leave a permanent mark on his life and work.

In 1919, Walter Gropius invited Feininger to join the Bauhaus and direct the printmaking studio. This experience led him to fully develop his use of the technique of woodcut, allowing him to develop the interaction of spatial planes in his paintings.

Nearly 400 works from public and private collections in Europe and the United States will be used to construct a survey of Feininger's artistic activities, articulated around the different media in which he worked (drawing, graphic work, painting, photography and toy-making) and the principal themes within his oeuvre: caricature and satirical drawings; key places that inspired him, including Paris, Deep, Halle, Gelmeroda and Manhattan; and his recurring interest in bridges, towers, sea views and urban life.