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Enchanted Times: more than 100,000 Visitoris Thrilled by French Impressionists

Six weeks before the end of the exhibition "Enchanted time", more than 100,000 visitors admired masterpieces by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Bonnard & Co. in Hamburg

The response is larger than anticipated: with an average of 900 visitors per day, expectations have been already exceeded by far. The exhibition will be shown until 16 August 2015 and will than have passed the benchmark set by “Giacometti. The fields of play” in 2013. To have achieved such a high number of visitors despite the ongoing modernisation project at the Hamburger Kunsthalle is even more remarkable.

Historic Art Collection Shown For the First Time

The exhibition “Enchanted Times” features the historical art collection of Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler, a Swiss couple, who between 1906 and 1936 amassed an impressive number of PostImpressionist masterpieces at the Villa Flora in Winterthur. Having been introduced into leading artistic circles in Paris by the Swiss painter Félix Vallotton (1865–1925) in the early years of the twentieth century, the couple soon became friends with Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard and Henri Manguin, and later with Henri Matisse. Through close association and dialogue with these influential figures, Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler gained a profound understanding of the artists’ creative ambitions at an early stage of their development, and in this way became passionate and very knowledgeable collectors of their work. An unerring instinct for artistic quality also led them to acquire key works by the great pioneers of modernism, including paintings by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Renoir and Édouard Manet. The exhibition presents a selection of more than 200 works by 18 artists from this world-famous collection, on show in Germany for the very first time.

New Exhibition Highlight in Autumn

With “Nolde in Hamburg”, Hamburg’s civic gallery will be showcasing a famous and very popular Northern German expressionist. Set up in co-operation with the Nolde Foundation Seebüll, former German chancellor and Hamburg citizen Helmut Schmidt took over the patronage of the exhibition schedule for September. Hamburg played a central role in the life of Emil Nolde (1867-1956). The Hanseatic city inspired Nolde to numerous works, and it was there where the painter was first recognised. The close connection between the artist and the city will be picked up by the Hamburger Kunsthalle in a comprehensive exhibition with 150 works by Nolde: colour-intensive paintings and watercolours, dynamic India ink drawings, atmospheric etchings and woodcuts.

Nolde was Fascinated by Hamburg

Nolde regularly visited Hamburg on his travels. He was fascinated by the harbour, animated by wind and weather, and he understood the city as a symbol of primal forces of life and nature. In 1910, Nolde spent several weeks in Hamburg as lodger of the unpretentious hotel “Under the Vorsetzen” in St Pauli, turning his impressions directly into art. In rapid succession, he produced more than 100 pieces of art that are today mostly show at Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. Together with works from the collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle and loans from private and public collections, they will now shown at their point of origin from 18 September 2015 to 10 Februar 2016.

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