Walter Gropius, Lionel Feininger:
Manifest and program of the Staatlichen Bauhauses in Weimar, 1919
17 February, 2017 - 04 August, 2017
Fundación Juan March, Madrid
Curated: Fundación Juan March
The exhibition Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) is the first retrospective in Spain of the American and German artist, Bauhaus teacher and one of the most distinctive figures in the context of historical avant-garde movements.
Born in New York, 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 an indelible mark on his life and work.
In 1919 Walter Gropius invited Feininger to join the Bauhaus to direct the printmaking studio. This experience led him to fully develop his use of the woodcut technique, allowing him to develop the interaction of spatial planes in his paintings.
The exhibition brings together nearly 400 works from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, through which a survey is constructed 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.