After more than 25 years, the Schirn is showing a comprehensive retrospective of Lyonel Feininger for the first time in Germany. With a total of 160 works comprising paintings, drawings, caricatures, woodcuts, photographs and objects, the exhibition provides insights into the artist's multi-layered oeuvre. His work reflects significant artistic developments of the 20th century. In addition to the crystalline architecture inspired by Cubism and Futurism and his well-known seascapes, caricatures, humorous city views or toys from his early years are shown, as well as photography, with which Feininger became increasingly involved at the end of the 1920s. A special focus of the exhibition is on the works Feininger created in the 1930s and during his exile – in 1937, the Bauhaus master, who had been defamed as a degenerate artist, fled to the USA with his Jewish wife.
Major pieces are on view at the Schirn, as are lesser-known or newly discovered works. Lenders include major institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum and The Met, New York, just to name a few.