Join us October 5-8 for a weekend of exploration, as we celebrate the opening of our latest special exhibition “Max Beckmann: The Formative Years, 1915-1925” From activities for young children and teens to lectures and panel discussions, there is something for everyone!
“IT’S IN MY PICTURES”
MAX BECKMANN AND HIS REDEFINITION OF MODERN ART
Olaf Peters, Professor at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Exhibition curator Olaf Peters presents a lecture exploring the dramatic shift in Max Beckmann's art during World War I through the early years of the Weimar Republic. Evidenced by the artist's own words and his body of work from 1915 to 1925, the presentation investigates the moment Beckmann felt the urge to reconceptualize himself as a Modern artist, both mired in historical circumstances — war, defeat, revolution, democracy — and propelled by developments in art — Cubism, Abstraction, Dadaism and New Objectivity.
Thursday, October 5, 6:30 P.M. - SOLD OUT
Free film screening. Directed by Michael Trabitzsch, 53 min. German with English subtitles.
The German expressionist painter Max Beckmann has been called a “giant of the twentieth century” placed in the same league as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. This documentary film presents a fascinating view of his life and the demons that drove his creative genius. It is centered around several massive triptychs that Beckmann produced. One of them, “Departure,” is the source of the film’s title and depicts Beckmann’s ideas about exile and freedom.
Throughout First Friday, this film will be shown on a loop in Café Fledermaus. Presented free of charge.
Friday, October 6, 5-8 P.M.
BREAKFAST WITH BECKMANN
Join us for a light breakfast in Café Fledermaus as the exhibition curator Prof. Olaf Peters shares an overview of “Max Beckmann: The Formative Years, 1915-1925”. Following breakfast, guests are invited to a private viewing of the galleries before they open to the public.
Saturday, October 7, 9:30 A.M. - SOLD OUT
LOOKING AT BECKMANN
Join us at Neue Galerie New York for a panel discussion on Max Beckmann featuring renowned artists in conversation. Moderator Professor Tom Wolf will lead a discussion with participants Mary Frank, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, and Mark Schlesinger about the ongoing relevance of Beckmann’s oeuvre on contemporary art production, exploring how his comments on the early twentieth century continue to fascinate us today. Plus, Mary Frank will share her personal experience with Beckmann, as she studied with the artist in his final year of life in 1949.
Saturday, October 7, 6 P.M.
TALKING ART: FAMILY CONVERSATIONS
Join us for a special Family Morning with a focus on one of the most important painters of the twentieth century: Max Beckmann. After a tour of the exhibition, we invite you to our workshop in Café Fledermaus to create your own Beckmann inspired work of art. This inter-generational program invites all members of the family to participate in gallery discussions. Open to children 6 years and above.
Sunday, October 8, 10 A.M.
BECKMANN FOR TEENS
Free and open to teens 14 and older, curator Prof. Olaf Peters will guide young art enthusiasts through the formative years of Max Beckmann’s work. Learn about the turbulent times of war, a young democracy, tech developments and uncertainty that changed the artist’s view of the world and art itself.
The event is free and open to teens 14 and older. Space is limited and registration required.
Sunday, October 8, 3 P.M.
Literatur Café features conversations on literature, translation, the art of writing, and literary reception. You can bring your own book or buy a copy of the featured book and have it signed.
RILKE, POETRY AND CREATIVITY
What moves people to write poetry, and how do poets transform the fleeting dimension of lived experience into the precarious permanence of poetry? How do poets capture feelings of ecstatic joy and irrecoverable loss without turning such experiences into lifeless, frozen words?
Join us for a special evening with the newly appointed Executive Director and President of the Academy of American Poets Ricardo Alberto Maldonado and renowned NYU University Professor and Rilke expert, Ulrich Baer for a discussion about Rilke, poetry, and creativity. We will examine some of Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke's poems and letters to explore poetry's capacity to find more life within life and deepen our capacity to awaken to existence.
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 P.M. - SOLD OUT
THE DIARIES OF FRANZ KAFKA
Dating from 1909 to 1923, the handwritten diaries of Franz Kafka contain various kinds of writing: accounts of daily events, reflections, observations, literary sketches, drafts of letters, accounts of dreams, as well as finished stories. The Neue Galerie hosted a special evening with award-winning translator Ross Benjamin and New York Times bestselling author André Aciman, who discussed Benjamin’s groundbreaking new translation of “The Diaries of Franz Kafka,” complete and uncensored for the first time in print.This volume makes available for the first time in English a comprehensive reconstruction of the diary entries and provides substantial new content, including details, names, literary works, and passages of a sexual nature that were omitted from previous publications. By faithfully reproducing the diaries’ distinctive—and often surprisingly unpolished—writing in Kafka’s notebooks, translator Benjamin brings to light not only the author’s use of the diaries for literary experimentation and private self-expression, but also their value as a work of art in themselves.
Free Online Program
Neue Galerie New York is delighted to introduce Golden Hour, a social event for seniors, welcoming guests age 65 and above on select Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. Come with a friend, a special someone or simply yourself for an exclusive hour of casual conversations with like-minded art lovers at Café Fledermaus. Coffee, tea, and Viennese specialties are available for purchase from our menu.
Upcoming dates to be announced soon.