Mel Ramos

50 Years of Pop Art

The Californian painter Mel Ramos is one of the most important representatives of the Pop Art movement. Along with other Pop artists, such as Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein, he has been concentrating on many aspects of popular culture, the mass media and the advertising world. Starting off with comic heroes, Ramos devotes himself after this early period to the female nude, which has remained his main topic. In many famous artworks he provocatively lets sexy pinup girls nestle up against larger-than-life everyday consumer goods. This can be seen as a comment on the American way of business: “sex sells”. In other work series, he refers to significant works of the old masters, tributes to the nude in art history, and also devotes himself to the Californian landscape and popular culture.

This first European retrospective is organized on the occasion of Mel Ramos‘ 75th birthday in 2010 and brings together over 80 exhibits from 50 years of his creative work.

We would like to thank Strellson for its sponsorship.
Exhibition objects: 50 oil paintings, 30 drawings and watercolors as well as 4 sculptures
Exhibition space: variable from 500 – 700 sqm
Exhibition catalog: in 2 languages (German, English) in cooperation with Hatje Cantz

Exhibition venues 2010-2012:
Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, 23.01.-25.04.2010
Museum Villa Stuck, Germany, 24.06.-03.10.2010
Albertina, Vienna, Austria, 04.02.-29.05.2011
World Cultural Heritage Völklinger Hütte, Germany, 18.06.- 08.01.12

Visitors: 251 800

© Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos, Hav-a-Havana #3, The Lost Painting of 1965 #12, 2000
© Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos, Blue Coat, 1966
© Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos, The Flash #2, 1962
© Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos, Unfinished Painting #1, 1991
© Mel Ramos

Installation view Kunsthalle Tübingen
© Institut für Kulturaustausch

Back to Paradise

Masterpieces of Expressionism

BACK TO PARADISE GOES SWEDEN: We are pleased to announce the current venue of our successful exhibition Back to Paradise. Masterpieces of Expressionism in Millesgården, Lidingö from February 20, until June 9, 2019. The exhibition presents expressionist masterpieces from the Aargauer Kunsthaus, the Osthaus Museum Hagen as well as the Max Pechstein Museum in Zwickau, which are shown together for the first time. Whether August Macke, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde or Max Pechstein –  the search for new models of life as well as a longing for a forgotten paradise were the main driving force of the artists. More than 130 outstanding paintings and graphics from renowned pioneers of German Expressionism illustrate the development of powerful coloring and pictorial language of the young avant-garde as a counter model to the predominant understanding of art around 1900.

Exhibition opening: 20 February 2019, 11-17.00 in Millesgården, Lidingö

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50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture

50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture

The Institute for Cultural Exchange together with the the Heydar Aliyev Center is presenting the exhibition Hyperrealistic Sculpture. Almost Alive. A comprehensive selection of sculptures by international representatives of the Hyperrealistic movement gives a profound insight into the development of this movement since the 1970’s. The exhibition will be on display from 29 November 2018 to 10 March 2019.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Inventor and Scientist

ANNIVERSARY YEAR: For many years now our exhibition Leonardo da Vinci – Scientist and Inventor toured through various renowned museums all around the globe. The unabated interest still amazes us! This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. On this occasion, the exhibition Leonardo – Erfinder und Wissenschaftler will be presented from 15 September 2019 to 12 January 2020 in cooperation with the Osthaus Museum Hagen. The exhibition uses facsimiles, models and multimedia terminals to illustrate the wide variety of inventions and scientific works of the visionary Leonardo da Vinci. We look forward to celebrating the most famous polymaths of all time and his legacy with the upcoming exhibition.

 

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La Bohème

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre

WELCOME TO MONTMARTRE! To mark the beginning of 2019, the Institute for Cultural Exchange, in collaboration with the Galerie Stihl and the Musée d’Ixelles will present the extensive lithographic work of Toulouse-Lautrec from 26 January to 22 April 2019. From the streets of Montmartre to the exhibition galleries of the City of Waiblingen: Toulouse-Lautrec, like no one else, was able to capture the attitude towards the Parisian nightlife  through reduced, but expressive forms as well as intense coloring. The relatively new medium of the poster turned gradually into a recognized art form, which radically changed the urban landscape during the Belle Époque. Accompanied by works of Lautrec’s processors and contemporaries, like Alfons Mucha, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen or Félix Vallotton, the exhibition La Bohème. Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre gives a wide-ranging insight into the fascinating world of poster art around 1900.

Exhibition opening: 25 January, 19:00 at Galerie Stihl Waiblingen

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