Where? Hamburger Kunsthalle
Until? 13 March 2011
How Much? 10€ for grownups 5€ for students
Read More: http://www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
This is one of the most enjoyable exhibitions I’ve been to in many years. The scale of the exhibition, combined with Runge’s unique talents, kept me captivated for several hours. Although I have several artists in my family, like many people of my generation, I’m far more comfortable deconstructing a moving picture than a series of stills. Modern Art has become so self-referential and conceptual that a preparatory lecture is required before one can even begin to understand the descriptions of the artworks!
This is not to suggest that an understanding of Runge’s historical and artistic context would be superfluous. I’m sure that the more the viewer knows about an artist, the richer the experience can be. However, it’s not essential in this case. Although the images were not moving at 25fps, I was still able to stand and admire them, overwhelmed at times by the power and intention of the artist.
If I was capable of immersing myself in this exhibition, then I’m sure you’ll be able to dive right in. It’s only on for two more weeks, so instead of going to see the latest 3-D schlock from Hollywood, spend an evening conversing with friends or impress a date (can’t do that in the Lichtspielhaus) and treat yourself to the brilliance of one of Germany’s most romantic spirits.