To Egypt! The Travels of Max Slevogt and Paul Klee
Art exhibition at Galerie Neue Meister (Albertinum)
by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections)
From »Morning near Luxor« to »Evening in Egypt«: the travels of two great artists, the Impressionist Max Slevogt (1868–1932) and the painter/poet Paul Klee (1879–1940), are to be at the focus of a special exhibition by the Galerie Neue Meister.
Intense interest in the landscape as well as the art and culture of Egypt inspired both artists to produce imposing paintings which are now to go on display together for the first time. Their juxtaposition will reveal fundamental aspects of the European reception of the Middle East in early 20th-century painting. In the spring of 1914 Max Slevogt made a meticulously planned journey from Cairo to Aswan. He processed what he saw in a veritable frenzy of creativity. A large proportion of the oil paintings came to Dresden as early as 1915 and to this day they still form a unique »Apotheosis of Light«.
Paul Klee, who discovered the Middle East for himself in Tunisia in 1914, visited Egypt in late 1928 / early 1929. Although at the beginning of the journey he was somewhat disappointed, he gradually gained important stimuli which strongly influenced the late phase of his career.
On the basis of paintings and works on paper, photographs and documents, as well as items of ancient Egyptian art, the exhibition will give the viewer a direct impression of the journeys undertaken by these two artists and a renewed sense of the magic of the Orient.
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