Otto Nebel and his contemporaries - Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee

Bunkamura Museum of Art

poster for Otto Nebel and his contemporaries - Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee
[Image: Otto Nebel "Evacuees" (1935) gouache ink, paper, Otto Nebel Foundation]

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The painter Otto Nebel (1892–1973), who spent his artistic career in Switzerland and Germany, met Kandinsky, Klee and others at Bauhaus during a stay in Weimar in the mid-1920s, forging long-lasting friendships with these creators. This is the first-ever retrospective of Nebel’s work in Japan, organized with full backing from the Otto Nebel Foundation in Bern. The exhibition traces the themes central to Nebel’s oeuvre - architecture, drama, music, the abstract, the Middle East and so on - supplementing the artist’s own works with those of his contemporaries, such as Klee, Kandinsky and Chagall. The intention is to shed light on the process by which Nebel sought to establish his own brand of art, incorporating and experimenting with style after style. With a view to the approaching centenary of Bauhaus’s foundation in 2019, this retrospective showcases Nebel’s underappreciated artistic achievements, beginning with the painter’s early experiences at Bauhaus, and following along his career that was devoted to exploration of materials and textures.

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Talk Event: “Weimar Bauhaus and its periphery - Those encountered at Bauhaus”
Event Date: Nov. 19 (Sun) 18:30-20:30
Venue: Bunkamura The Museum Exhibition Space
Speaker: Kaho Somada (Curator of Misawa Bauhaus Collection)
Capacity: 60
Admission: Free
*Bookings can be made via the official website.
*Event in Japanese.


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from October 07, 2017 to December 17, 2017
Closed on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14.



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