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Theo Wormland Foundation presents "Women" an exhibition featuring the works of Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann and Willem de Kooning at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.

The Pinakothek der Moderne celebrates its 10th anniversary with the largest exhibition in its history – an exhibition that analyses the fascinating theme of 'women' in the works of the three 20th century artists: Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann and Willem de Kooning. The exhibition is supported by the Theo Wormland Foundation, which he launched shortly before his death in 1982. The foundation happens to be the parent company of WORMLAND.

The role that women played in the works of Picasso, Beckmann and de Kooning goes far beyond one-dimensional definitions and clichés of femininity. Women make varied appearances in the artists' paintings, always carry their own, independent meaning and become a sensitive mirror of social and political issues and developments.

They are more than mere canvases for males to project their desires and longings upon, but catalysts for a discussion of their own biographies as well as the Zeitgeist (Picasso). They are a free and independent counter-image (Beckmann) or a force of their own, culminating all forms of artistic expression within them (de Kooning).

As expressed by the curator Carla Schulz-Hoffmann: “Unlike the many, widespread interpretations that are so prevalent in art history, Picasso, Beckmann and de Kooning depict free and emancipated women. Their works are still provocative to this very day, even though our visual culture is riddled with pornographic imagery. To me, that means that the pictures by the three artists in question touch us on a much deeper level and prove how important and powerful art can be.”

The exhibition encompasses around 100 paintings, all works from international key collections such as The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Saint Louis Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Eremitage, St. Petersburg, Tate Gallery, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d‘Orsay, Paris; Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstmuseum Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen and numerous private collections.

An illustrated and interdisciplinary catalogue accompanies the show (German/English).

Private View: 29.03.2012, 19:00
Exhibition: 30.03.-15.07.2012

Pinakothek der Moderne und Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
Kunstareal | Barer Str. 29, 80799 Munich