Fresh Spirit — Alfred Kubin and the Prinzhorn Collection.

02/03/2017 - 30/07/2017

The Austrian graphic artist Alfred Kubin (1877–1959) visited the art collection assembled by Prinzhorn in 1920. He wrote a passionate account voicing his desire for these Heidelberg gems of art to have a venue, where they could be exhibited on a permanent basis, so that “a freshness of spirit would radiate from this place where art created by the mentally ill was being collected”. The artist published his fervent appeal in 1922 in the magazine Das Kunstblatt, shortly after Prinzhorn’s Artistry of the Mentally Ill (Bildnerei der Geisteskranken) appeared in print. Showing about one hundred works, our exhibition reconstructs Kubin’s opinion on the artists presented anonymously in his article. Information about the artists’ professions, as well as descriptions of their styles and works, provided by Kubin, enable us to clearly identify the works of art. Our selection of exhibits was made according to Kubin’s description, but also exceeds this set providing a more complete impression of the oeuvres of the artists described. 

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