With the modernisation nearing its end in late April, all parts of the museum will once again be housed under one roof, thus revitaling its original concept by reopening the old entrance and adjusting interiors to meet the demands of today. The works, which commenced in 2014, were made possible by a 15 million donation from the Hamburg entrepreneur Alexander Otto. Hamburg added another seven million euro to refurbish the Kunsthalle’s art storage areas and is its outdoor area as part of a redevelopment of the Deichtorplatz/Ferdinandstor area.
Outstanding Art Exhibition to Celebrate Reopening
The city’s civic art gallery – Hamburger Kunsthalle in German – houses a highly reputed art collection covering 700 years. Its exhibition attract art lovers from all over the world. On occasion of its reopening, the Hamburger Kunsthalle will be showing an exhibition of Manet’s work never seen before in Europe. Including numerous masterworks by Édouard Manet (1832-1883), it features one of the most important pioneers of modern painting who revolutionised art like no other in the 19th century. The theme of the show, Manet’s gazes, presents the artist’s work from a new perspective.
A New Intimacy Still Fascinating Today
His paintings, which attracted the crowds to the Paris Salons even then, caused great controversy. This was mainly due to his painterly strategy of creating an intriguing relation between the figures in the picture and the observer with a previously unknown immediacy. This manner of directly addressing the observer has continued to fascinate viewers until today. Manet’s paintings reveal how the gaze within the public sphere of Paris has undergone perpetual changes ever since the 1860s – a transformation that Manet and his contemporaries pointedly dealt with in their art. By referring to traditional masters like the great Spaniards Velázquez and Goya, while at the same time dealing with the topics of modern life, Manet developed the new pictorial language of his time.
Masterpieces From International Museums
With major works from internationally renowned museums, the exhibition offers the unique chance to see the full scope of Manet’s œuvre, from his early to his late work. Manet – Painting the Gaze is under the patronage of Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre, and Olaf Scholz, First Lord Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and, since January 2015, commissioner for German-French cultural co-operation.
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