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ARCHE. The Collection returns

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© Courtesy of The Kunsthalle Mannheim
ARCHE. The Collection returns

Friedrichsplatz 4
68165 Mannheim
Germany
April 18th, 2014 - May 1st, 2016

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.kunsthalle-mannheim.de/
COUNTRY:  
Germany
EMAIL:  
kunsthalle@mannheim.de
PHONE:  
+49 0621 293 6400
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday through Sunday and Bank Holidays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

DESCRIPTION
The symbol of the ark speaks of rescue. In the bible Noah built a giant ship to save his family and pairs of animals from the Flood. During the three-year bridging period before the opening of the Kunsthalle's new building at Friedrichsplatz, the city of Mannheim's important art collection must be stored off-site. Right now, however, visitors can find more than 240 of the collection's masterpieces in a themed arrangement in its temporary abode: the renovated, daylight rooms of the Jugendstil-Building. They will remain in this 'ark' until the completion of the Kunsthalle's Museum Quarter in 2017.
The display spans from Manet's key work, the "Execution of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico" to the Romanticism of Caspar David Friedrich; from Modernism to international art figures Fernand Léger and Francis Bacon. The compressed design of the exhibition opens up new connections and insights; combines the treasures of Impressionism and Expressionism or Neue Sachlichkeit with regional perspectives and other surprises from the vaults. Generous sponsorship, for the conservation of artworks, from the city's citizens and the Friends of the Kunsthalle, the Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung, the Heinrich-Vetter-Stiftung, the company Südzucker and the city of Mannheim, enables the show to feature a sensational 92 paintings and 57 frames, newly-restored or cleaned. A "room of wonders" is at the start of the tour through the eight themed rooms, including "history and myth", "landscape and city", "portraits and self-portraits", "yearning for Italy" and "penchant for abstraction". At the end, ARCHE allows you to peek into the conservation studio; after all, the rescue work must go on. The Mannheim collection reveals its many facets and stories. It owes its excellent quality to the bold vision of Fritz Wichert, Gustav F. Hartlaub and Walter Passarge, former art historian-directors. Still it would all be unimaginable without the civic-minded philanthropy that shapes the Kunsthalle‘s future. 

A Tonwelt audio guide for the exhibition is available.
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