Artists and Prophets. A Secret History of Modern Art 1872–1972

Cat. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Max Hollein and Pamela Kort
text (German/English) by Pamela Kort
512 p with 470 coloured illustrations
300 x 240 mm, soft cover with flaps

ISBN 978-3-86442-116-7

198,00 €

This is »the« Secret History of Modern Art

A Secret History of Modern Art? Egon Schiele saw himself as a visionary and prophetic artist, František Kupka suddenly painted spiritualized abstractions, Joseph Beuys called for a social revolution through art, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser created the first of his ­famous spirals. These groundbreaking artistic developments would not have existed without their encounter with the life and work of prominent artists-naturists. The significance of the rise of these artist-naturists, who also considered themselves religious dissenters and social revolution­aries, is a little known and largely under­re­ported part ­of the history of modern art. Today, the names of Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (1851–1913), Gusto Gräser (1879–1958), Gustav Nagel (1874–1952), as well as Friederich Muck-Lamberty (1891–1984) and Ludwig Christian Haeusser (1881–1927) are all but forgotten in the art world, even though they were well known and highly esteemed ­during their lifetime, particularly in avant-garde circles. Through the exhibition and book – including some 300 works by outstanding artists such as František Kupka (1871–1957), Egon Schiele (1890–1918), Johannes Baader (1876–1955), Max Schulze-Sölde (1887–1967), Heinrich Vogeler (1872–1942), Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern (1892–1982), Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000), Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) und Jörg Immendorf (1945–2007) as well as diverse documentation materials – causalities are uncovered, un­expected connections revealed within modern art, and the so-called saviors and the artistic avant-garde are embraced in a far-reaching artistic and cultural context.

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 6/3–21/6/2015