March 15 – September 22, 2019
Quirky Art Nouveau. Carl Strathmann

The highly original and fabulously bizarre art of Carl Strathmann (1866-1939) resists any kind of pigeonholing. This Art Nouveau painter, who boasted an ornate style and a fastidious obsession with detail, lovingly fashioned his own unique worlds from fairy-tale caricature figures, fantastical floral still lifes and landscapes, symbolist history paintings and art-and-craft designs.

Strathmann, with an imagery that jumps off the canvas and gregarious, dandyish personality, became a well-known figure among his contemporaries, and boasted a reputation that extended far beyond Munich. Lovis Corinth and Wassily Kandinsky were great admirers of his art.

Strathmann frequently features prominently in literature on German symbolism and Art Nouveau, and yet he is scarcely known by the modern public. One aim of this major exhibition of some 150 works, mostly from the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s collection, is to address this major oversight. The Münchner Stadtmuseum is home to Strathmann’s entire artistic estate, and every aspect of his œuvre. Many of these works, which have been largely overlooked by art historians until now, have never heretofore been published or put on public display. The collection even includes several (major) works that had widely been thought to have been lost or destroyed. Some works are currently being restored specifically for this exhibition and will now be on show for the first time since the artist’s death.

Carl Strathmann, Fish in aquatic plants, c. 1895, watercolor and pen and ink on cardboard © Münchner Stadtmuseum
Carl Strathmann, Woman’s head in profile, 1898, watercolor and pen and ink on cardboard © Münchner Stadtmuseum
Carl Strathmann, Satan, 1896, watercolor © Münchner Stadtmuseum
Carl Strathmann, Medusa, c. 1897, watercolor on paperboard © Münchner Stadtmuseum

This exhibition offers you an unmissable opportunity to discover one of the Munich art scene’s most colorful personalities from the turn of the 20th century and discover, for the very first time, his extraordinary art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue published by Wienand Verlag. It is on sale at the Museum’s ticket desk and in our online shop.

Curator of the exhibiton: Dr. Nico Kirchberger

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue published by Wienand Verlag. It is on sale for € 29.90 at the museum’s ticket desk and its online shop.