max peiffer watenphul – from the bauhaus to italy

Images: Max Peiffer Watenphul: Rome, Fountain on Piazza del Popolo, 1932 © Bauhaus Archiv; Venice, View on San Marco, 1949, Photo Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz / Frank Krüger; Unknown: Max Peiffer Watenphul, 1920 © Archiv Peiffer Watenphul

from 28 September 2023 to 10 March 2024

The Casa di Goethe is dedicating a retrospective exhibition to an extraordinary modern artist: Max Peiffer Watenphul (1896-1976). He studied at the Bauhaus in Weimar, was active in avant-garde networks in the 1920s and during National Socialism one of his works was shown in the “Degenerate Art” exhibition in 1937. He travelled several times to Italy, where he also lived after 1945. The exhibition traces the persistence of Bauhaus ideas in his work in painting and photography. Since the artist had many contacts to important artists since his studies, works by Otto Dix and Alexej von Jawlensky will also be presented.

With a site-specific installation by the artist Ruth Beraha.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Electa.

An exhibition in cooperation with the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser