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A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Paul Gauguin (Paris 1848 ¬- 1903 Atuona/Hiva Oa) is one of the most influential modern artists. His most famous paintings were created between 1891 and 1901 on the South Sea island of Tahiti.

Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin
Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The exhibition "Why are you angry?" at the Alte Nationalgalerie presents Gauguin's paintings, which are influenced by the Western longing for exoticism and eroticism. This is done against the background of current discourses and confronts his works with positions of contemporary artists such as Angela Tiatia (NZ/AUS), Yuki Kihara (WS/JP) or Nashashibi/Skaer (UK) and the Thai activist and artist Henri Hiro (PF).

Gauguin left his hometown of Paris in 1891, wife and five children, with the goal of living out his spiritual and artistic life in the South Seas.

Already in 1891 he created the painting "Tahitian Fisherwomen", one of his major works that is in the collection of the National Gallery. His colonially influenced view of the supposed earthly paradise is examined in the exhibition in comparison with historical models and in postcolonial discourse. The exhibition questions the myth of the "wild artist" created by Gauguin.

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