January 27, 2012 ─ Although he is often recognized as one of the leading practitioners of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus style, Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) has long deserved greater exposure and wider recognition. Presenting the first North American retrospective on this German-American artist in close to 50 years, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is doing its part to shine a brighter light on this talented painter, caricaturist and comic-strip creator.
Running from January 21 to May 13, 2012, Lyonel Feininger: From Manhattan to the Bauhaus offers a comprehensive overview of the œuvre of this multitalented artist. In addition to marvelling at the dazzling paintings of carnival scenes, seascapes and architecture that helped to gain him distinction, visitors will have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the full breadth of Feininger’s art. This includes early satirical cartoons, wholly original comic strips produced for the Chicago Tribune, hand-made wood figures, and little-known photographs.
Born into a musical family, Feininger was also a talented violinist and composer who was fascinated with the connection between art and music. Given its influential role in Feininger's work, music will be at the heart of the exhibition, with the collaboration of the Arte Musica Foundation. For those with knowledge of French, the retrospective also includes a presentation by Dujka Smoje, professor emeritus in the faculty of music at l’Université de Montréal, which explores the influence of J.S. Bach on Feininger’s painting.
Lyonel Feininger: From Manhattan to the Bauhaus is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in collaboration with the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, with support from the Terra Foundation and the Museum's Volunteer Association.