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09.11.2012 - 17.02.2013
Pinakothek der Moderne, München

In his less-known early work, the German painter Fritz Winter (1905-1976) made an obsessive analysis of the aesthetic aspects of light. As a Bauhaus student he was influenced by the international avant-garde's boundless euphoria for light between Expressionism and Constructivism. The light of large cities with headlights, cinemas and illuminated advertisements gave a new impulse to aesthetics; x-rays, radioactivity and microphotography made it possible to perceive previously unknown sources of energy and natural phenomena.

In his pictures of light beams and crystals created between 1934-36, Winter devoted himself with virtuosity to aspects such as the reflection, radiation and refraction of light. His virtually monochrome paintings incorporate crystal shapes and bundles of rays; they focus on the earth's interior and the infinite expanse of the cosmos; they block the pictorial space with dark grids or lend it a glass-like transparency.

For the first time, 25 "Licht-Bilder" by Fritz Winter will be juxtaposed with an international selection of 40 of the earliest abstract photographs in the history of art. In the 1910s to 1930s artists experimented with the most varied of photographic techniques to ascertain the genuine qualities of photography beyond the merely representative. The "New Vision" in photography and abstract painting becomes immediately obvious through the display of vintage photographic prints and paintings side by side.

Alvin Langdon Coburn's vortographs, the first completely abstract photographs ever taken in art history, are being shown in the exhibition. The American Francis Bruguière's unique cut paper abstractions and abstract-like glass compositions by the Czech Jaromír Funke can also be seen. Similarly, an exclusive selection of László Moholy-Nagy's groundbreaking photograms will be exhibited as will Ernst Schwitters' less-known cameraless photographs. Rare large-format prints of Alfred Ehrhardt's crystal photographs document the aesthetic peak of "crystal euphoria" in the 1930s. Glass photographs by Willy Zielke complement the selection of works with the further photo-historically important aspect of New Objectivity.

The exhibition combines 25 exceptional paintings by Fritz Winter from German museums and private collections as well as 40 photographic works from international lenders including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, the Neue Galerie Kassel, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation, Munich and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

Curator: Dr Oliver Kase, Head of Modern Art at the Pinakothek der Moderne Co-curator: Dr Anna Rühl, Curator of the Fritz Winter Foundation


Fritz Winter. Gemälde und Zeichnungen aus dem Besitz der Fritz Winter Stiftung

Ausstellung und Katalog: Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, Claudia Boess. Ausst.-Kat. Pavillon des Arts, Paris, 24.8.−6.11.1988. München 1988, 87 S., ISBN 3-7774-4950-4

Fritz Winter. Vom Bauhaus zum Informel

Ausst. Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister, Albertinum

Fritz Winter. Gemälde und Arbeiten auf Papier

Hrsg.: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy, Fritz-Winter-Stiftung München, Wolfgang Savelsberg, Museum Schloß Mosigkau Dessau. Ausst.-Kat. Museum Schloß Mosigkau Dessau, Anhaltinische Gemäldegalerie Dessau, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, 4.11.1995−3.3.1996. München, Forstinning 1995, 94 S., ISBN 3-930134-08-X

Franz Marc und Fritz Winter. Bilder zum Krieg

Hrsg.: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. Ausstellung und Katalog: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy, Carla Schulz-Hoffmann. Ausst.-Kat. Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst München, 28.3.−19.5.1996. München / Ostfildern-Ruit 1996, 87 S., ISBN 3-7757-0602-X

ZEN 49 − Fragmente der Erinnerung

Hrsg.: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Fritz-Winter-Stiftung, Ausstellung und Katalog: Iris Buchheim und Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy. Ausst.-Kat. Neue Pinakothek München, 27.10.1999−16.01.2000. München / Ostfildern-Ruit 1999, 111 S.

Klee − Winter − Kirchner. 1927–1934

Hrsg.: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Fritz-Winter-Stiftung, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Münster. Ausstellung und Katalog: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy. Ausst.-Kat. Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Neue Pinakothek München, 14.1.2001−30.4.2001. München / Ostfildern-Ruit 2001, 161 S.

Naum Gabo – Fritz Winter. 1930−1940

Ausstellung und Katalog: Hubertus Gassner und Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy. Ausst.-Kat. Museum Folkwang, Essen, Stiftung Moritzburg, 29.11.2003−13.6.2004. München / Ostfildern 2003, 153, 40 S.

Triebkräfte der Erde − Winter, Klee, Marc, Beuys, Kirkeby

Hrsg.: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Fritz-Winter-Stiftung. Ausstellung und Katalog: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy. Ausst.-Kat. Pinakothek der Moderne München, 27.10.2005−15.1.2006. Köln / München 2005, 199 S., ISBN 3-87909-878-6

Hans Arp − Fritz Winter. Dialog ohne Begegnung

Hrsg.: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Fritz-Winter-Stiftung. Ausstellung und Katalog: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy. Ausst.-Kat. Pinakothek der Moderne, München, 14.2.2008−12.5.2008. Köln 2008, 111 S., ISBN 978-3-87909-951-1