In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus all museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden remain closed until 20 April 2020.
Max Uhlig. Prints
To mark the 75th birthday of the Dresden painter, graphic artist, draughtsman and printmaker Max Uhlig, the Kupferstich-Kabinett is showing a representative and retrospective exhibition of his prints held in its own collection, including a recent donation. The artist’s works are broad-ranging in terms of both motifs and techniques, and this exhibition focuses on Uhlig’s preferred printmaking techniques – etching and lithography – with landscapes and portraits as the key subjects. The exhibition combines observations of nature that are reminiscent of still-lifes – produced in his work retreats first in Mecklenburg and the Ore Mountains, and later in southern France – with prints which are based on sculptures. Portraits using densely woven lines and networks of strokes to depict both himself and his models reflect Uhlig’s intense work as a “draughtsman for prints”.
The exhibition is devoted to the works of this highly productive artist who has circumvented aesthetic norms by developing his own style based on the abstractive tendency of modern art. His integrity as both a person and an artist, as well as his ethos as a craftsman, reflect the principles of dignified art which he learned as a student and later also taught at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Dresden: it was considered imperative to develop an individual style in order to approach reality and strive for truthfulness.
Commentators have frequently remarked on the affinity between Uhlig’s works and those of Alberto Giacometti. The exhibition includes a work recently acquired by the Kupferstich-Kabinett: the artist’s book “Vivantes cendres, innomées” featuring texts by Michel Leiris and etchings by Giacometti. Max Uhlig’s methods are also illuminated by means of comparison with older works of art, taking a bust by Donatello as an example.
Im Jahr des 75. Geburtstages des Dresdner Malers, Grafikers, Zeichners und Druckers Max Uhlig zeigt das Kupferstich-Kabinett eine repräsentativ und retrospektiv angelegte Ausstellung (38,00 €, ISBN: 978-3-95498-006-2)