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From French painting to Classic Modernism

Stuttgart for Art Lovers

Year after year the Stuttgart State Gallery, the Stuttgart Museum of Art, the Württemberg State Museum and the Linden Museum Stuttgart stage outstanding exhibitions. In 2020 French painting, a fashion exhibition and an innovative show on Willi Baumeister will attract visitors to Baden-Württemberg's state capital.

The State Gallery pays tribute to the 250th anniversary in March 2020 of the death of the great Venetian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo –  the most prominent representative of 18th-century Italian painting – with the special exhibition “Tiepolo”. Up until 2nd February 2020, the Gallery is presenting its outstanding collection of Tiepolo's works within the context of a selection of international loans of paintings, prints and drawings. For the first time in German-speaking countries an exhibition showcases the entire scope of Tiepolo's creative period.
The exhibition “The Bauhaus Print Portfolios” can be seen from 12th May to 13th September 2020. In 1921, 45 artists – from Willi Baumeister to Umberto Boccioni and Oskar Schlemmer – together produced a portfolio of graphic art in which the concept of Modernism could be internationally duplicated, distributed and offered to collectors. The State Gallery now presents its Bauhaus Portfolio, augmented by additional prints by other Bauhaus masters.
From 16th October 2020 to 7th March 2021 the temporary exhibition “With all the Senses! French Painting” focuses on the French Impressionists. Thanks to a selection of around 80 works on loan from private owners, many of which have rarely or never before been put on show, along with paintings from its own collections, the State Gallery can illustrate the entire history of the development of this epoch. In addition to paintings by relevant Impressionists such as Manet, Renoir, Monet and others, the exhibition will also present works by other artists, including Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Paul Gauguin.

Closing on 23rd August 2020, the exhibition “Vertigo. Op Art and a History of Deception 1520 – 1970” can be seen at the Stuttgart Museum of Art. Paintings, objects and installations from the late 1950s until 1970 are on show, including works by artists such as Gianni Colombo, Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. In addition, the exhibition, which is staged in cooperation with the mumok – the museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig in Vienna – creates links to the art of the 15th to the 18th century, in which optical effects also play a role. 
The history of the Stuttgart Museum of Art during the National Socialist era is more or less unknown. From 1st February to 1st November 2020, the exhibition “The Dream of the Museum of “Swabian” Art. The Museum of Art during National Socialism” focuses on a long-suppressed chapter of the Museum's history, and at the same time rewrites the story of how the Stuttgart Museum of Art came to be founded.
The theme of the exhibition “Walls”, from 26th September 2020 to 31st January 2021, is the artistic discourse with the Wall as a spatial border from the end of the 1960s up to the present day. International loans of works by artists such as Monica Bonvicini, Yoko Ono and Charlotte Posenenske go far beyond the bounds of murals and drawings. At the Museum of Art, murals will be produced inside the museum, while an exhibition in cooperation with the StadtPalais – the Museum for Stuttgart is devoted to graffiti art in the Stuttgart urban area.
“Comb, Pastels and Buttermilk. Willi Baumeister – Adolf Hölzel – Fritz Seitz” can be seen from 28th November 2020 to 27th June 2021. As an artist, Willi Baumeister experimented with a variety of different materials and techniques, including a metal comb, sand, putty and buttermilk. In the exhibition Baumeister's rarely presented pastel drawings enter into a dialogue with works produced by his teacher Adolf Hölzel and his student Fritz Seitz. 
From 27th February to 30th May 2021, the exhibition “Now or Never. 50 Years of the LBBW Collection” presents outstanding works from all sections of the LBBW art collection. The collection dates back to the year 1971. At first the focus of the collection was on art from the Stuttgart Region and Baden-Württemberg, but in the 1990s it was extended to include works by international artists.

From 24th October 2020 to 25th April 2021 the major state exhibition “Fashion?! What makes fashion fashionable” at the Württemberg State Museum illustrates the complexity of the fashion business in a critical, but at the same time entertaining presentation. Each of the five theme rooms focuses on a different type of player: from designers to fashion photographers and influencers. The exhibition sees fashion as a broad collective term and shows classic highlights of international fashion history as well as opulent, haute-couture designs, everyday clothing and film sequences. 

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Mexico by the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés, the Linden Museum has devoted a major state exhibition to the culture of the Aztecs, which closes on 16th August 2020. The highlights of the exhibition are two Aztec feather shields, of which only four exist worldwide, and an exquisite greenstone figure. Also on display are some 250 outstanding exhibits on loan from Europe and Mexico, including sacrificial offerings on show for the first time. Precious mosaic masks, featherwork and gold jewellery give an idea of the splendour that abounded at the Aztec ruler's court.

The Long Night of the Museums takes place in Stuttgart every year. During the night, from 7 pm to 2 am, some 90 selected museums, historic buildings and industrial monuments open their doors to the public, offering not only guided tours, but a host of special programmes.

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