The extension of “Secessions. Klimt, Stuck, Liebermann” in the Alte Nationalgalerie until 5 November 2023 offers everyone who has not yet seen the exhibition the opportunity to visit it again. For the first time, it is dedicated to a comparison of the three art metropolises in Munich, Vienna and Berlin at the turn of the century. With the dawn of modernism, the artistic avant-gardes pushed for freedom in terms of content and institutions. Numerous artists of the new art movements of Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Impressionism were first presented at the highly regarded Secession exhibitions. The exhibition comprises around 200 paintings, sculptures and graphic works by 80 artists. In addition to many newly discovered artists, the cooperation with the Wien Museum focuses on the oeuvre of Gustav Klimt with numerous examples, which can be shown in Berlin for the first time on this scale.
In splitting off (also Secession) from traditional artists’ associations and outdated structures such as the art academies, the new associations strove for aesthetic pluralism and artistic individuality. The most important Secessions in the German-speaking world were founded in …
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Image above: Dora Hitz, Kirschenernte, before 1905, Oil on Canvas, 160 x 232 cm, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Reinhard Saczevski