Emil Nolde. A German Legend
His sympathies for the Nazi movement have long been known among experts, but have so far hardly played a role in the public presentation of his works.
The exhibition is therefore intended to enable both an artistic and historical examination of Nolde's work and life, which addresses the dynamic character of the relationship between artist, work, and reception. Nolde himself even arranged for the publication of his written products, including his autobiographies and letters, in his will. Obviously, he was convinced that a better understanding of the artist's inner world would also lead the viewer to a deeper understanding of the works being viewed. In fact, the question of the artist and the work in public cannot be separated from the theme of Nolde and National Socialism - during the Nazi dictatorship, but also in the years after 1945. Historically, the National Gallery plays a central role in the construction of Nolde's artist legend.
The Nolde exhibition project now ties in - quite self-critically - with recently shown exhibitions such as the "Degenerate Art" Reconstruction and "The Black Years. Stories of a Collection. The exhibition is made possible by the Friends of the National Gallery and the Nolde Foundation Seebüll, as well as with financial support from the Friede Springer Foundation.
location & access
airport Tegel (TXL)
airport Schönefeld (SXF)