Spot! A Work of Art in 20 Minutes - a guide to the interpretation of a work of art from the Städel Collection


To mark the exhibition entitled 100 Masterpieces From the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Impressionism, Expressionism, Avant-Garde, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, we're proud to present another edition of Spot!, a pre-dinner rendez-vous offering a guide to the appreciation and interpretation of a work of art.
This journey in three stages is designed to encourage you to see some of the masterpieces in the Städel Collection through different eyes.  The collection, one of the richest and most prestigious collections of European old masters and modern art in the world, was established by merchant and banker Johann Friederich Städel in 1815.  Starting with a single work, our journey proceeds to gain an overview of the entire history of modern art in Europe.
The event, organized by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo's Educational Services - Art Workshop and due to get off the ground on 29 April, will be held every last Friday of the month and will be hosted by Daniela Lancioni, the senior curator with the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

Dal: 29/04/2011
Al: 24/06/2011

27/04/2011 19:00
Odilon Redon, Christ and the Samaritan Woman, ca. 1895
spot! guided interpretation of a work - Städel Collection

Odilon Redon paints the Samaritan Woman and Christ immersed in a kind of moiré light, devoid of references in time and space and relieved of all narrative implications.  An isolated figure but a great name in the history of modern art, Redon was a visionary artist capable of dipping into the world of dreams, initially through drawings and etchings predominantly in black and white, and later trough the use of color interwoven with symbolic values, as we can see in this picture which is one of her best-known works.


29/04/2011 19:00
Edgar Degas, Musicians in the Orchestra, 1872
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For the first time, in this crucial work, the artist addresses the theme of the ballerina that was to become such a central feature of his artistic output. One of the leading figures in the Impressionist school, Degas has chosen an unusual and intriguing viewpoint for this picture.  We see exactly what the musicians, seen from behind against the light, would have seen as they observed the ballerinas bathed in light on the stage. The result is a kind of picture within a picture, in which the painter explores and enhances the mechanics of vision.


24/05/2011 19:00
Max Beckmann, The Circus Wagon, 1940
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Circus figures are huddled together in a tight space, each one shown with different accoutrements that push the painting's significance way beyond that of a genre scene.  The claustrophobic, almost stifling scene takes place under the very eyes of the painter, who appears to extend his stern gaze also on us, the spectators.  Beckmann, an exemplary figure of the Expressionist trend whose art the Nazis branded as degenerate, painted this work while in exile in Amsterdam, where he had sought refuge in 1937.

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