Special Exhibition | 11.10.2020 – 07.02.2021

Emil Nolde – a critical approach by Mischa Kuball

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The way the Expressionist painter Emil Nolde (1867–1956) is perceived is shaped by past myth-creation and the present-day deconstruction of these myths, making Nolde a good example of just how era-dependent the appraisal of art is.

In his installations, conceptual artist Mischa Kuball (b. 1959) shatters rigid interpretive models and lays bare the many-layered overlapping structures of the production and perception of art. Kuball’s scrutiny of Nolde as historical and highly contradictory figure opens up discursive spaces that go beyond the individual example of Nolde and promises a thrilling examination of the mechanisms artists use to shape their public personas and of the relationship between art and politics.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a trilingual publication (German, English, Dutch).

Mischa Kuball, ... a critical approach!, 2019 | © Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2020

Trailer for the exhibition

Video: Ralph Goertz
Produktion: IKS - Institut für Kunstdokumentation
© Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen
© Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
© Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
© 8. Salon/fluid
Ausstellungsarchitektur: Michaelis Szenografie, Münster



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In parallel


19.00 – 21.00 | Podium
Online Round Table
As part of the online programme for the exhibition EMIL NOLDE - A CRITICAL APPROACH BY MISCHA KUBALL, the Draiflessen Collection invites you to an online round table.
Round table homepage
14.00 – 15.00 | Special Guided Tour
Themed Tour
Noldes Bilder und die Politik der Gegenwart

Erscheinungsbild nolde kuball