Sunset A Celebration of the Sinking Sun   26.11.2022 – 02.04.2023

Sunset: A Celebration of the Sinking Sun

People love sunsets. When the sun sets and melts into a beautiful display of colours in the evening sky, the experience is mesmerizing and deeply moving for nearly everyone. It is an event that repeats every day but is nevertheless perceived as a final act. There is a reason why millions of images of sunsets can be found online.

From the perspective of the fine arts, this excessively popular motif has lost its allure: It is seen as tacky and twee. The Kunsthalle Bremen is now traversing the history of art with its exhibition “Sunset”. Significant loans and works from its own collection take viewers from the Romantic era to the twenty-first century. The works capture the emotional power of a single moment in time that functions as a metaphor for life and its finite nature, its breath-taking beauty, its dreams and upheavals and its apocalyptic visions. In addition, numerous contemporary works reflect on the questions we are faced with when looking at this heavenly spectacle today. They examine the crossover between art and kitsch, address the physics of the phenomenon between the afterglow and conduct the twilight hour and atmospheric research in a figurative and a concrete environmental sense.

A total of around 120 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, videos and installations will be presented by:
Anna Ancher, Ludolf Backhuysen, Heinz Baden, Heike Kati Barath, Ernst Barlach, Viktoria Binschtok, Claus Böhmler, Anthonie van Borssom, Félix Bracquemond, Thorsten Brinkmann, Jacques Callot, Carl Gustav Carus, Alex Cecchetti, Antoine Chintreuil, Johan Christian Clausen Dahl, Tacita Dean, Otto Dix, Holger Drachmann, Max Ernst, Lyonel Feininger, Peter Fischli/ David Weiss, Heinrich Jakob Fried, Caspar David Friedrich, Joachim Christian Friedrich, Hendrick Goltzius, Gustave Marie Greux, Christian Haake, Wolfgang Hainke, Richard Hamilton, Dudley Hardy, Daniel Hausig, Marikke Heinz-Hoek, Takahashi Shōtei Hiroaki, Utagawa Hiroshige, Johanna Jaeger, Johan Barthold Jongkind, Olrik Kohlhoff, Johann Wilhelm Julius Köhnholz, Ulrike Königshofer, August Kopisch, Friedrich Kunath, Georges Lacombe, Jens Lausen, Charles Laval, Le Corbusier, Claude Lorrain, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Henri Meunier, Michel (Michael Wulf), Claude Monet, Jonathan Monk, Christian Morgenstern, Emil Nolde, Matthieu van Plattenberg, Thomas Rentmeister, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Carl Rottmann, Phillip Otto Runge, Edward Ruscha, Jörg Sasse, Josef Scharl, Franz Wilhelm Schiertz, Jan Schmidt, Konrad Schulz, Marina Schulze, Susan Schuppli, Norbert Schwontkowski, Paul Signac, Klaus Staeck, Fiete Stolte, Wolfgang Tillmans, William Turner, Günther Uecker, Félix Vallotton, Andy Warhol, Thomas Weinberger, Josef Weisz

Call for Photos: Whether on holiday or at home, the colours in the sky is something people like to look at and photograph. On the occasion of the special exhibition, the Kunsthalle was looking for private photographs of the sunset. Selected photographs will be included in the communication around "Sunset" and integrated into the exhibition. Photos could be submitted by email until 8 August 2022.

Accompanying youth project: For the third time, the Kunsthalle Bremen is cooperating with the art festival Youth for Art and making its rooms available for this purpose. Within this context, works by over 30 young people who have been inspired by the exhibition will be presented in the South Foyer from October 2022.

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