Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture Match
Painting by Otto Dix

Match. Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture

Nothing fascinates and captivates our attention as strongly as the sight of another person. Through the comparison with others, we recognize ourselves. Portrait painting is thus one of the oldest forms of art. An Egyptian mummy portrait from the first century formed the prelude to the exhibition “Match. Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture” in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. The focal point, however, was one of the most unerring portraitists of the twentieth century: displayed on more than 1,000 square meters were 64 paintings by Otto Dix, including 40 works on loan from museums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden.

With this show, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart with its most important Otto Dix collection worldwide put his portrait art at the center of a large exhibition for the first time. The exhibition juxtaposed the works of Otto Dix with 88 additional portraits by artists from Lucas Cranach to Andy Warhol. The encounter with paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Erich Heckel, and Francis Bacon and works by contemporary artists such as Duane Hanson, Gerhard Richter, or Wolfgang Tillmanns illuminated the significance of the portraitist Otto Dix over time.

Curator Daniel Spanke
Curatorial Assistant Cara Schweitzer
Sponsored by LBBW Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Artists

Francis Bacon, Hans Burgkmair d.Ä., Pol Cassel, Lucas Cranach d.Ä., Lucas Cranach d.J., Rineke Dijkstra, Otto Dix, Christoph Friedrich Dörr, Conrad Felixmüller, Rainer Fetting, Hubertus Giebe, Clemens Gröszer, Hans Grundig, Johannes Grützke, Kurt Günther, Duane Hanson, Erich Heckel, K. H. Hödicke, Ferdinand Hodler, Karl Hubbuch, Alexander Kanoldt, Hanns Ludwig Katz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Imi Knoebel, Oskar Kokoschka, Carl Lohse, Johannes Molzahn, Wolfgang Peuker, Jorma Puranen, Franz Radziwill, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, August Sander, Josef Scharl, Rudolf Schlichter, Thomas Schütte, Johann Baptist Seele, Volker Stelzmann, Franz Seraph Stirnbrand, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Adalbert Trillhaase, Félix Vallotton, Andy Warhol, Wilhelm II.

K. H. Hödicke, Unter der Laterne, 1980, Rainer Fetting, Slava, 1998, Melancholic N. Y. Cop Brain, 2005, v. Gogh N. Y. Cop Slava, 2005, N. Y. Cop Slava, 2005, N. Y. Cop Bianca R., 2004
Wolfgang Tillmans, Wilhelm Leibl painting, 2002, Philipp Friedrich Hetsch, Christoph Friedrich Dörr, Johann Baptist Seelen, exhibition view “Match. Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture,” 2007