Chaïm Soutine. Against the Current

Sep 2, 2023 — Jan 14, 2024



  • Chaïm Soutine, Le Groom (Der Page), 1925, Öl auf Leinwand, 98 x 80,5 cm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, Bildnachweis: bpk | CNAC-MNAM | Philippe Migeat

​The Kunstsammlung is dedicating an exhibition to the magnificent work of Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943). His paintings are explosions of color, beautiful and drastic at the same time. He painted pageboys, cooks, altar boys: people who, like him, find themselves on the lowest rung of society. With these, as with the paintings of wavering landscapes and slaughtered animals, he captured the torn attitude to life of an entire epoch.

Soutine grew up in Belarus. In 1913, he moved to Paris. Although the metropolis became his adopted home, Soutine remained an outsider throughout his life, poorly mastering the French language and remaining a stranger to social manners.

The overriding theme of the exhibition is emigration and the permanent uprooting of the individual as a consequence of this. This individual as well as social phenomenon spans an arc to the present time, in which rootlessness has become an integral part of the modern attitude to life in the twentyfirst century. Soutine, who had an enormous influence on painting after 1945, is one of the central representatives of classical modernism; in Germany, he is revered in artistic circles.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, and Kunstmuseum Bern.

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