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The Studio: Workshop and Myth.

The Studio: Workshop and Myth.: From Spitzweg to Picasso, from Giacometti to Nauman.
STUTTGART  •  Staatsgalerie Stuttgart  •  Ongoing

The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart presents the artist’s studio and its depiction in art in modern times. There have been studio scenes in art since the Renaissance, but it was not until the early nineteenth century that the atelier became a central theme as an expression of the myth of artistic creation.

The exhibition spans the epochs from Romanticism to the present, with early modern art forming the core focus. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Georges Braque or Max Beckmann executed studio scenes which not only shed light on their aesthetic production but literally merge with it. Others, including Constantin Brancusi, Kurt Schwitters and Alberto Giacometti, turned their studios themselves into works of art. In the show, Piet Mondrian’s workroom will be faithfully reconstructed down to the smallest detail, allowing the visitor to enter and experience Mondrian’s conception of art three-dimensionally.

In the late 1950s, the myth revolving around the studio – the site celebrated as the nucleus of creative inspiration since Romanticism – once again became the subject of intense artistic preoccupation. Now artists such as Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Paul McCarthy or Lois Renner broadened the spectrum of the studio depiction with regard to media, by introducing video, computer technology and installation art – but also with regard to content, by configuring the studio as a combination living space, laboratory and stage. To this day, artists have continued to explore the meaning of the studio as the springboard for the critical examination of their own work in ways that are as diverse as they are surprising.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Website


Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30 - 32
70173 Stuttgart

Tel: (49) 711 470 40 0

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