A very interesting exhibition is presented at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, Cause of Death : Euthanasia: works from the Prinzhorn Collection. The exhibition presents works from the Prinzhorn Collection of the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Heidelberg. The visitors will be able to see 96 works made by 18 artists that were mental patients. These patients and many more were victims of the euthanasia programme of the Nazis during 1939-1944.The patients mainly suffering from schizophrenia or severe depression were expressing their frustrations and feelings by drawing and painting. One could easily diagnose that something is different just by observing the works of art, which some of them could be characterized as brilliant. The exhibition will be held until March 13, 2011 and is organized by the Hellenic Psychiatric Association along with the Benaki Museum and the Goethe Institute.
Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933) was a doctor and an art historian. After World War I, Prinzhorn took paintings from several psychiatric institutions and he managed to create the Heidelberg collection. The most positive outcome of his effort was that the so far marginalized “mad” patients were progressively socially accepted. The “mad” art was at the center of attention as well as the people evolved who were treated not just like insane patients but human beings. Art and psychiatry were combined and became a strong unity against politics of that period who were the true insane .
At the same gallery in Vienna, another significant exhibition is presented with the drawings of Michelangelo. The exhibition, Michelangelo : the drawings of a genius, will be held until January 9, 2011. The works that the visitors will see are mainly studies of the human body. For more information about this exhibition and the Picasso exhibition check again at albertina
Starting from Semptember 22nd, The Albertina Gallery in Vienna presents an interesting exhibition on Picasso, called Picasso :peace and freedom. The visitors will have the chance to see drawings and paintings of the great painter. The exhibition will be held until 16 January 2011.
yesterday I visited the Herakleidon Museum, at Thissio, Athens, Greece. I saw an exhibition of Edvard Munch’s works, there were about 80 works from the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum. Munch was a Norwegian artist and a pioneer of the Expressionist movement. He was born in the village of Adalsbruk and grew up in Oslo and from his early years of life he faced death and sadness. His mother died from tuberculosis at the age of 30 and then his favourite sister Sophie dies too when Munch was 15. This tragedy is obvious at his works like The sick Child and influenced him for the rest of his life. Munch travelled and worked much at Berlin and Paris. He believed that the paintings should reflect living and breathing people (although I ‘m not quite sure of that with all of this depression and death on his works) and not be and just pretty faces with extreme details. He was more interested in feelings , in expressing his own feelings through his paintings. He also had an obsession with women and their hair. He liked painting women with long long hair often holding men with their hair. The thing I liked about the exhibition was that they did not rely on his most famous and known painting , The Scream. Actually the title of the exhibition is “Edvard Munch: Beyond the Scream”
Edvard Munch Museum
you can also check out the film about Edvard Munch,a biographical film about the Norwegian painter, written and diected by Peter Watkins.I personally haven’t seen it yet but if any one of you has send your impressions.
Another interesting exhibition is presented at the MoMa in New York. Abstract Expressionism. A powerful post world war II art movement emerged in the 40s and 50s in New York. A different style than the already existed, given by earlier artists such as Picasso, that offered a new expression in painting and in arts. The visitor will have the chance to see works of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and others. The exhibition wil be held until April 11th, 2011. For more information you can check : MoMa
An amazing exhibition on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s works is held at the San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art from October 30, 2010. (san francisco MOMA ). Bresson is concidered to be the master of modern photojournalism. He used 35 mm format and developed the street photography. No doubt, he is a great inspiration and influence for future photographers. The exhibition will be held until January 30, 2011. Don’t miss it!
The Acropolis Museum won its first award in the contest the Journalists Association of Tourism Journalists Britain conducted. According to the Association, the Acropolis Museum is the best museum of the world. The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism , Giorgos Nikitiadis, received the award. Mr. Nikitiadis stated that this award opens the way for the Parthenon marbles to be returned to Greece. For more information on the Acropolis Mueum you can visit its web site
The Acropolis Museum