The Nazis judged it appropriate to call Max
Beckmann's work "degenerate art." This verdict
in 1937 and the increasingly tense situation in the
country led Beckmann to leave his native land
and settle in Amsterdam until 1947. This new
exhibition at the Van Gogh's museum sets the
spotlight on the works Beckmann produced during
this period of fruitful exile. Despite the troubling
times, Beckmann remained highly productive,
and was still interested in themes such as theater,
masquerades and carnivals, as can be seen
in his four grand triptychs – Carnival, Acrobats,
The Actors and Perseus – which are the highlight
of the show. Along with pieces by Beckmann,
the exhibition also offers visitors a glimpse of his
world in Amsterdam, with the artist's diary, along
with letters, photographs and an impression
of his studio all on display. And though Beckmann
was influenced by French modernism, he also took
a great deal away from the Flemish primitives
and Vincent Van Gogh, showing that there was still
an effect of place on his highly personal art.

April 6 through August 19, 2007
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam
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