R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). Obsessions

Exhibition

R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). Obsessions

Event Highlight
R. B. Kitaj: Where the Railroad leaves the Sea (Detail), 1964 – © R.B. Kitaj Estate. Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 2012
R. B. Kitaj: Obsessionen – © The estate of R. B. Kitaj. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
R.B. Kitaj: Marrano (The Secret Jew), 1976 – © R.B. Kitaj Estate. Collection of Michael Moritz & Harriet Heyman

The Jewish Museum Berlin presents the first comprehensive exhibition of the œuvre of painter R. B. Kitaj after his death in 2007.

Lovers and enemies, virility and fragility, politics, history, literature, philosophy as well as the question of belonging to Judaism, though neither by means of religion nor Zionism, are pieces of the puzzle out of which Kitaj created his paintings and collages. Unimpressed by the taste of the masses, his figurative work defied the trend in abstract art prevalent in the 1960s and brought him to the forefront of British figurative painting, together with artist friends such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, and Leon Kossoff. Confronting the history of the mass murder of Europe's Jews, and studying the phenomenon of being an outsider, he created a Jewish modern art, which he termed "diasporic," with a rich palate of color and enigmatic, recurring motifs.

Today, Kitaj's works can be viewed in large museums and private collections around the world. The exhibition owes thanks to the generous support of the loaners, among them the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection in Madrid. With circa 65 works of art, as well as prints and sketches, it presents an overview of all the periods of Kitaj's extensive œuvre.

Opening: 20th September 2012, 7p.m.

Admission: 4 €, reduced 2 €

To Event Calendar Jüdisches Museum Berlin from 09/21/2012 to 01/27/2013

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