Insights

Introducing: the Cézanne crew

Dr Alexander Eiling, curator of the exhibition

“I have worked at the Städel museum in Frankfurt and the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, and was appointed curator for exhibitions on painting and sculpture since 1800 at Kunsthalle Karlsruhe in 2010. In the past six years, I developed several projects that involved the wealth of French art works in our museum’s collections. My ambition as a curator is to stage exhibitions that present artists in a new, unusual perspective. This applies in particular to Cézanne, a painter thought to be well-known, as his works are often reproduced and discussed.

The exhibition Cézanne. Metamorphoses breaks new ground as it establishes links between the artist’s portraits, landscapes and still lifes, rather than presenting the different kinds of works separately. They are many such links to be found, and visitors will most likely appreciate discovering them together with the changes in Cézanne’s style. Our intention is to share with the public the discoveries that we made while developing the exhibition.”

Eva-Maria Höllerer, member of the research team

“I studied museology and art history in Heidelberg and Paris prior to working in various French and Belgian museums. This explains my deep commitment to French art. My recent collaboration in the development of the Cézanne exhibition gave me the occasion to rediscover this artist. In the past, I took part in various exhibition projects covering a period from the Middle Ages to the present. That turned out to be a good foundation for my collaboration in the Cézanne exhibition as this artist often copied old masters and contemporary painters, reinterpreting them in his personal style. Cézanne’s drawings and watercolours, in particular, perfectly illustrate how he developed and modified his motifs. Participating in this exhibition was very interesting and I’m looking forward to the public’s reaction…” 

Dr. Juliane Betz, member of the research team

“I studied art history in Freiburg im Breisgau and presented a graduate thesis on 19th-century French engravings at Heidelberg University in 2013. I also took part in a research project on art perception sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft society. Appointed to Kunsthalle Karlsruhe in 2010, I was mainly involved in the development of the following exhibitions: Lumière Noire, Déjà-vu? and Fragonard — Poetry and passion. As an aficionado of 19th-century French art, I greatly appreciated participating in the development of the Cézanne. Metamorphoses exhibition. Visitors are likely to enjoy discovering the links between the various works that invite interpretation and reflection.”