How traditional is Modernism? How revolutionary is the art of the 1800s? The temporary closure of the Pinakothek der Moderne enables unexpected movements and meetings. Munich's world famous Modernist masterpieces will give a one-off guest performance in the Neue Pinakothek, coming face-to-face with their forerunners. This lifting of the boundaries between the Pinakothek museums allows the development of new unconventional views on the collections and the works in them; views which both look forwards to the art of the 20th and back on that of the 19th centuries.
The presentation builds bridges between Paul Klee's world of motifs and ideas and the romantic masterpieces of Caspar David Friedrich and it confronts Max Ernst's surreal forests with Arnold Böcklin's Symbolist mythical creations. August Macke and Claude Monet, Emile Nolde, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh: all collide in a rush of colour. Major works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wilhelm Lehmbruck and Franz Marc close the temporary presentation, whilst also opening the Neue Pinakothek to the post-1900 accelerated dynamics of artistic utopias and their spectacular collapse in World War I.