Man in the Middle. Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection

09.06.2004 - 19.09.2004

Georg Baselitz, Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Oskar Kokoschka August Macke, Oskar Schlemmer – just a few artists whose works document an image of a man from modern to contemporary times. Over a hundred paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and photographers by the most renowned artists of the 20th century and from the collection of the Deutsche Bank encouraged everyone to reflect on the human nature and the meaning of life. Moreover, they also gave voice to one’s insatiable desire to discover one’s identity. “It needs to be said that the artists behind the exhibited works are rarely to be exhibited and seen in Poland. All the emotions, doubts and inquiries that descend upon us while visiting the exhibition are a proof of a need for many more (and more frequent) exhibitions of the kind. Not only in the Krakow-based International Cultural Centre.” [Joanna Gumula, Gazeta Antykwaryczna, 2004]

Man in the Middle. Works from the collection of Deutsche Bank

Collective work

The album of works presented at the exhibition intriguingly entitled Man in the Middle. The subject of both the exhibition and the publication is the image of man – variable and ambiguous – which has always been the most important inspiration for artists. Reproductions of paintings, drawings and photographs included in the album give us an exceptional opportunity to get to know the most interesting phenomena of contemporary art, from modernism and expressionism of early the 20th c. to the latest tendencies and trends including the most outstanding German artists of the 20th c. Beuys, Dix, Grosz, Kokoschka, Kollwitz, Prince, Salomé, Schlemmer, Sieverding – these are some names selected from among the artists whose works are included. The catalogue is completed by essays by well-known art critics and art historians: J.M. Bradburne, J. Gerchow, A. Grigoteit and F. Hütte (the authors of the exhibition), V. Loers, G. Nonnenmacher, and A. Rottenberg.

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