From February 17, the Fundación Juan March presents a retrospective on Lyonel Feininger, the German-American artist from the early twentieth century, in its gallery space in Madrid. The exhibition, named Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), continues the Juan March’s long-established strategy of presenting insufficiently explored artists, periods and aspects of modern culture, can be described as a “concentrated retrospective” of the artist’s work.
“Lyonel Feininger (1871 – 1956)”
February 17 – May 28, 2017
Fundación Juan March. Sede Madrid
Calle de Castelló, 77 Madrid
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.
The catalogue that accompanies the exhibition will be the first monograph on Feininger in Spanish, with essays and texts by some of the most reputed experts on his work, including Wolfgang Büche, Ulrich Luckhardt, Maurizio Scudiero, Heinz Widauer, Peter Selz, Achim Moeller, Danilo Curti-Feininger, Martin Faass and Sebastian Ehlert. To complement the catalogue there will also be a semi-facsimile complementary publication La ciudad en los confines del mundo [City at the Edge of the World], originally published in 1965 in English and German, with texts by the painter T. Lux Feininger and photographs by Andreas Feininger, two of the artist’s three sons.
ABOUT LYONEL FEININGER
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.
Having made his name as an illustrator, Feininger moved forward creatively with the aim of finding a means of expression that would allow him to fully express his abilities. In a natural, progressive manner he began to move away from comics in favour of painting.
While his earliest works maintain links with comic design, depicting street scenes and exaggerated characters, between 1906 and 1908 and following a period in Paris, he began to make use of a more abstract line, almost completely abandoning figures and adopting a language based on straight lines and fragmented planes of colour.