Exhibition Documentation 1950—1959

The exhibitions in the 1950s definitively sealed the advent of Modernism in Haus der Kunst. The exhibition management under Peter A. Ade organized international exhibitions in collaboration with renowned art historians and curators. A milestone with resounding success was the Picasso retrospective in 1955, in which the painting "Guernica", an icon of anti-fascist and Modern Art, was on view for the first time in Germany. 


Main works of the Emil Georg Bührle collection – Zürich

05.12.1958 – 15.02.1959


Pre-Columbian art

October 1958 — December 1958

From Mexico and Central America


Discovering Modern Art — Munich 1869–1958

21.6.1958 – 5.10.1958

Reconstruction of the 1st International Art Exhibition of 1869


International exhibition of film art

22.03.1958 – 18.05.1958


Oskar Kokoschka

04.03.1958 – 11.05.1958

In an endeavor to highlight the work of the great figures in modern art, Haus der Kunst dedicated a major retrospective in 1958 to the then 72-year-old Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka.More


Le Corbusier

05.10.1957 – 24.11.1957

With this exhibition, Haus der Kunst honors Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965) as "the first genius of world renown in Swiss architectural history." More


Emil Nolde — Memorial exhibition

24.09.1957 – 01.12.1957

One year after Emil Nolde's death, this exhibition commemorated the artist (1867–1956) with approximately 550 works.More


Fernand Léger 1881–1955

March 1957 — May 1957

A year after his death, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris dedicated an exhibition to the paintings and drawings of Fernand Léger.More


Paul Cézanne 1839–1906

October 1956 — November 1956

The fiftieth anniversary of Cezanne's death in 1956 was an opportunity to honor this great French painter by staging a retrospective and to thus continue the exhibition series focusing on pioneering modern artists. More


Vincent van Gogh 1853–1890

October 1956 — December 1956

In 1956 Haus der Kunst dedicated a retrospective with 166 works to Vincent van Gogh, one of the most popular painters in Germany and a pioneer of Modernism.More


Picasso 1900–1955

25.10.1955 – 18.12.1955

In 1955, for the first time after World War II, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris dedicated a retrospective to the work of the acclaimed and outstanding Spanish artist and personality Pablo Picasso. More


Edvard Munch

1954 to 1955

With an extensive retrospective organized in cooperation with the National Gallery in Oslo, the Bavarian State Painting Collections honored the great Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863–1944).More


Wassily Kandinsky

16.04.1954 – 16.05.1954


Paul Klee

16.4.1954 – 16.05.1954


Oskar Schlemmer

22.09.1953 – 15.11.1953

Exhibition for the 10th anniversary of his death


Adolf Hoelzel 1853–1934

Mid 1953 — End of 1953

Memorial exhibition for his 100th birthday


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

November — December 1952

Paintings and graphics from the F. Bauer Collection, Davos


Baden Secession

25.10.1951 – 23.12.1951


Frank Lloyd Wright

16.05.1952 – 15.06.1952

The 1952 exhibition on the life work of Frank Lloyd Wright not only paid tribute to one of the greatest living architects of the first half of the twentieth century, but also reasserted Haus der Kunst's commitment to modernity.More


Culture and fashion

05.05.1950 – 30.06.1950


Works of European sculpture

01.11.1950 – 24.12.1950

The exhibition focused not only on sculpture as an art form, but also on its interpretation by European artists. More


New Rhineland Secession from Düsseldorf

01.11.1950 – 24.12.1950


100 years of Belgian art (1860–1960)

14.11.1959 – 20.12.1959


Marc Chagall

07.04.1959 – 31.05.1959

With the plethora of nearly 400 works on loan from around the world the exhibition aimed to trace the entire breadth of Chagall's diverse oeuvre and at the same time as grapsing "the inner unity of the great artist's unique nature that surfaced in each painting."More


Exhibition of Brazilian artists

June 195 1959 — September 1959


Giacomo Manzù

15.08.1959 - 04.10.1959


1000 years of Chinese painting and 300 years of Chinese ceremonial garb

16.10.1959 – 13.12.1959


Bauhaus painters

May to June 1950

The exhibition, which included 276 paintings, drawings, watercolors, and graphic works, shifted its focus toward painters who had been master teachers at the Bauhaus between 1919 and 1933. More


Georges Rouault

Fall of 1949 - Beginning of 1950