Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives

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Never Apart. Frames and Pictures by the Brücke Artists

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Jim Dine has been appointed Chevalier del’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur

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Sculptor of Abstraction

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Palazzo Grassi dedicates a solo exhibition to Luc Tuymans

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Masterworks Catalogue VI

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Galerie Thomas Modern shows new portrait series by Jim Dine

Me, Myself and I
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Exhibition Catalogue Guenter Haese

Galerie Thomas publishes an Overview of the Lifework of Guenter Haese
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Fondation Beyeler shows Picasso

The world of jugglers and artists
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Galerie Thomas Presents Prints and Drawings by Henri Matisse

A Feeling for the Line
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Galerie Thomas presents Guenter Haese

The God of Small Things
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A man, his art and many critics

Jonathan Meese at Pinakohek der Moderne and at Galerie Thomas
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Artnet-Survey among young Collectors

How far do young Collectors go to get their perfect Artwork?
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Galerie Thomas at ABMB 2018

Elegantly dazzling with swirling colour application
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Paintings by Bernd Zimmer in Kassel and Aachen

Glowing reflections of our universe
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Peter Halley Installation at Lever House New York

"Right through the very heart of it" - Peter Halley’s site-specific commission New York, New York opens tonight
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Relief Paper Works

Andreas Kocks at the 'Schnittstelle' exhibition in Bonn
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Happy Birthday, Jim Dine!

The pop art artist Jim Dine turns 83 on June 16!
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Robert Indiana is dead

The pop art artist Robert Indiana died on May 19, 2018 at age 89.
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90th birthday of Otto Piene

On April 18, 2018, Otto Piene would have turned 90.
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Exhibition „Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s“ with works by Peter Halley at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington

It’s the 80s as you’ve never seen it before. Explore the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist, a brand.
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Exhibition 'quatre vents' with works by Pia Fries at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

In 2018 a generous gift saw Pia Fries's series "parsen und module" enter the collection at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
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New luminous ceiling for the gallery space

Right before our extensive exhibition with works by Paul Klee (February 23 - May 12, 2018), our gallery gets a brand new luminous ceiling.

So we are able to present these artistic treasures in an even better light!

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Construction work in the gallery

Due to construction work in the gallery, which is taking longer than expected, we are presenting the Gabriele Münter exhibition in a tightened hanging.

We kindly ask for your understanding!

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Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys

This exhibition, held at The Courtauld Gallery until January 21, 2018, brings together an outstanding group of portraits by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943).

Soutine was one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was seen by many as the heir to Vincent van Gogh. This major exhibition is the first time he has been exhibited in the United Kingdom in 35 years.

In the early 1920s, Soutine became fascinated by the cooks and waiting staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over the next decade, these humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France. The resulting series of portraits offer powerful images of a new social class of service personnel, who moved from aristocratic households of past centuries to the luxury hotels and restaurants that arose in the late 19th and early 20th century. These often-overlooked figures from France’s most fashionable places of leisure, including the famous Maxim’s restaurant in Paris, appealed to Soutine’s idea that profound emotion and a deep sense of humanity could be found in such modest sitters. He strived to achieve the most forceful effects of colour from the bold whites, reds and blues of their different liveries.

The Waiting Maid (La Jeune Servante, also known as La Soubrette), c. 1933, © Courtauld Gallery, Ben Uri Gallery / Bellboy, c. 1925, © Courtauld Gallery, Centre Georges Pompidou / Pastry Cook of Cagnes (Le Pâtissier de Cagnes), 1922, © Courtauld Gallery Museum of Avaunt-Guard Mastery of Europe (MAGMA)

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Musical treat at Galerie Thomas

At the end of November, SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft mbB, PLAN WERK and Piano Fischer invited guests to a concert by young artists at Galerie Thomas.

On stage that evening, Marie Sophie Hauzel (piano, born 2000), Ziyu He (violin, born 1999) and Ziming Ren (piano, born 1996) delivered a brilliant performance.

To an enthusiastic audience, they offered an ambitious program including works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Messiaen, culminating in a sonata for violin and piano (A major, op. 120) by César Franck. Whether solo or as a duo, the three young musicians were able to prove their extraordinary class, evidenced by the imposing number of awards they have already received at their young age. Numerous invitations to international competitions have brought the three to Europe, Asia and the US.

Harald Eggebrecht recently wrote of the 18 year-old violinist Ziyu He in the Süddeutsche Zeitung that he is „one of the greatest talents of our time, musically and technically confident, and burning with a youthful fire“ (November 25, 2017).

The audience in the packed hall acknowledged the three with prolonged applause and standing ovations.

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The Robert Indiana Catalogue Raisonné is being released in summer 2018

The Robert Indiana Catalogue Raisonné is gathering information on all known paintings and sculptures in public and private collections for inclusion in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of paintings and sculpture.

With a projected online release date of Summer 2018, this scholarly publication will include comprehensive documentation on each known work along with full-color reproductions.

All information associated with the ownership of work in the catalogue raisonné is strictly confidential and will be used solely for the purposes of research and scholarship. Wishes for anonymity will be fully respected. 

Owners of paintings and sculptures are encouraged to contact:
RI Catalogue Raisonné LLC
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2450, New York, NY 10170


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Plateau Munich 2017

Approximately 45 galleries and institutions are opening their doors on October 27 until 9om and on October 28 between 11am and 6pm.

Our galleries are also participating in Plateau, showing the film 'Fernando Botero - Born in Medellin' by Peter Schamoni in the context of our current Botero exhibition.

As an event note, we would like to recommend to you the discussion at the garden lounge of Hotel Bayerischer Hof, on October 28 at 7pm. Silvie Aigner (Parnass), Heike Grossmann (Galerie Thomas), Prof. Stephan Huber (AsbK Munich) and Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Leopold Museum, Wien) are talking about the topic 'Too much art?!?' (moderation: Heinz Schütz).

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Galerie Thomas Modern at Paper Positions Munich

Following the great success of Paper Positions in Berlin, the art fair is also taking place in Munich from October 27 to 29, 2017.

In the centrally located Alte Bayerische Staatsbank, 35 international galleries are presenting their most significant artistic positions of contemporary and modern art with a focus on paper works.

Galerie Thomas Modern is showing three of its young artists who are committed to paper as their medium: Simon Schubert, Martin Spengler und Andreas Kocks.

Opening hours of Paper Positions: October 27 & 28,  11am to 7pm, October 29, 11am to 6pm.
Entrance fee: 15 Euro

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New catalogues raisonnés of the paintings and drawings by Max Beckmann

Currently, new and complete catalogues of the paintings and drawings by Max Beckmann (1884-1950) are being created.

The catalogue raisonné of paintings is being edited by Dr. Anja Tiedemann (, thanks to the initiative and financing of the Kaldewei Cultural Foundation. The catalogue raisonné of drawings is being prepared by Dr. Stephan von Wiese ( and Hedda Finke (, and is supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and private sponsors.

Both independent but coordinated projects are to be completed in 2020. For their work, the authors are dependent on information about current locations, provenances and exhibition history. If you have further information, which will be kept confidential on request, the responsible persons would be pleased about being contacted. /

Brücke am Strand von Rimini (detail), 1928, charcoal on machine-made laid paper, 49,7 x 65 cm, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, permanent loan from the estate of Mathilde Q. Beckmann, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

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Galerie Thomas in the Monocle Travel Guide Munich

Galerie Thomas and Galerie Thomas Modern are featured in the latest volume of the Monocle Travel Guide Series - "Munich"!

Get the Monocle Travel Guide Munich here!

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Exhibition "The 'Blue Land' and the Noise of the City"

The Fondazione Braglia in the Franz Marc Museum - until October 3, 2017

The Braglia Collection is an Swiss private collection of German Expressionist art that has been assembled since the 1980s and was incorporated in a foundation a few years ago. The collection – that has only been accessible to the general public for a short time since the opening of the foundation’s museum space in Lugano in 2015 – will be exhibited for six months in the Franz Marc Museum.

The exhibition is to be seen as a dialogue between the collection of the Franz Marc Museum and the works of the Braglia Foundation and will be complemented by litarary texts from the first half of the 20th century. This interplay will expand the view of German Expressionism that, through its reception especially after World War II, has often been restricted to expressiveness, intense colours and innovative power, whereas the "darker", hidden side of this period in art has been neglected.

Exhibition "The 'Blue Land' and the Noise of the City" - until October 3, 2017 at Franz Marc Museum, Kochel am See

Wassily Kandinsky - Murnau - Zwei Häuser (Murnau - Two Houses), 1908
oil on canvas, 32,5 x 44,5 cm
Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia, Lugano
Photo: Christoph Münstermann

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Nolde at Buchheim Museum

On the occasion of Emil Nolde’s 150th birthday, in august, works of our exhibition "9x Emil Nolde" were exhibited as loans at Buchheim Museum in Bernried.

As of now, we are presenting you the watercolours at Galerie Thomas again. Get details about the exhibition and the works here.

Until October 15, 2017, the Buchheim Museum is showing the exhibition "Nolde. The Grotesques".

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9x Emil Nolde

On the occasion of Emil Nolde’s 150th birthday on August 7 of this year, we are celebrating the northern German artist by publishing a small catalogue. In this special edition of our series 9x we are presenting an exquisitely colourful selection of nine watercolours by the expressionist artist, who is considered one of the greatest watercolour painters of the past century.

Rebecca Horn awarded Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize

Rebecca Horn is awarded the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize of the City of Duisburg for lifetime achievement. The Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize, one of the most renowned international awards for sculptors, is awarded to Rebecca Horn in recognition of her life’s work which had a major influence on shaping 20th and 21st century sculpture.

As a sculptor, draughtswoman, literary figure, filmmaker, video, installation and performance artist, Rebecca Horn has over the past decades formulated her own unique poetry of the mechanical in an extensive and rigorous body of work.

The jury honoured Rebecca Horn as “one of the most original, innovative and experimental artists in Germany whose work enjoys international recognition. From the 1960s until today she has created an equally complex and distinctive body of work in which she addresses the existential human condition. [...]"

The Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize was awarded by expert juries every five years from 1966 to 2006 to keep alive the works of the sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919), a native of Duisburg, and to honour the lifetime achievement of contemporary, internationally renowned sculptors. Among the winners of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize are Eduardo Chillida, Norberg Kricke, Jean Tinguely, Claes Oldenburg, Joseph Beuys, Richard Serra, Richard Long, Nam June Paik and most recently, in 2006, Reiner Ruthenbeck, all of whom have earned a place in art history with their works.

(Installation shot of the exhibition "Rebecca Horn - Black Moon Mirror", 2014/15)

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Kunstareal-Fest 2017

On June 24 and 25, 2017, the 3rd Kunstareal-Fest takes place in Munich. Themed "Thought-provoking Impulses", all institutions of the art quarter invite visitors to stroll and look around.

Galerie Thomas and Galerie Thomas Modern also open their doors for this special occassion: on Saturday - as usual - between 10am and 6pm and on Sunday between 11am and 5pm. Apart from our current exhibition "Adolf Luther", we are also presenting selected works from Classic Modern and German Expressionism.

Visit the website of Kunstareal München here!

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The wait is finally over! From now on our new website offers exciting new features, an eye-catching design, user-friendly navigation, and a wealth of information.

Browse and discover!

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Galerie Thomas will be at Frieze Masters in London this year

As one of the leading international galleries for German Expressionism and Classic Modern, Galerie Thomas is proud to show a special presentation at the gallery's booth at Frieze Masters, focusing on the work of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró.

Calder and Miró meet for the first time in Paris in 1928, and until Calder's death, they remain present in each other's lives. Their friendship fostered an artistic dialogue on the edge of physics and poetry, a communication of free floating forms.
Close in compositional, formal and aesthetic approach, their respective oeuvres give resonance of Calder's and Miró's search for a new language in art, taking into account the influences of classical modern and surrealist achievements.

This artistic dialogue will be made visible by combining paintings, sculptures and works on paper of both artists at Galerie Thomas Modern's booth for Frieze Masters 2017.

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is among the most innovative creators of kinetic art of the 20th century. In 1926, when in Paris, Calder starts making sculptures of wire. He follows the spirit of that time by focussing on motion and time in his works. He was the first artist to build his aesthetic principles on these elements.

Joan Miró (1893-1983) gets in contact with the surrealists around André Breton, causing a deep change in his work. Step by step, Miró develops his characteristic pictorial language, full of dreamlike and fantastic creatures. Out of this rich imagination and poetic vision, the artist conceives his own cosmos.

"Why must art be static? The next step is sculpture in motion." - Alexander Calder

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Galerie Thomas on the Social Web

Galerie Thomas and Galerie Thomas Modern can also be found on social networks. Besides YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, where we have been providing information for some time, we have also recently opened an Instagram account.

To give our many non-German-speaking followers the opportunity to keep up to date about us and our activities, the Instagram account is fed in English. Both Facebook and Twitter will continue to be in German.

Franz Erhard Walther awarded "Golden Lion" at Venice Biennale

Franz Erhard Walther has been awarded the "Golden Lion" as best artist at Venice Biennale.

In his oeuvre, Walther combines a basic exploration of the notion of sculpture with an accentuation of its origination process. Although his works are reminiscent of Minimalism in their simplicity and reduced form, Walther's approach is different. He regards his objects as working material that can be used to trigger fundamental experiences. The viewers enter into an active dialogue with the works through so-called 'work actions', which alters the traditional concept of viewer and work and leads to an "other concept of the work (of art)" (Walther).

The Frankfurt artist Anne Imhof won the "Golden Lion" for Best National Participation, the German pavillon.

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Cultural Protection Law into effect

Despite protests, the controversial Cultural Protection Law took effect in August 2016. If you have questions or concerns, we will be happy to be at your disposal.


A. R. Penck died at age 77

Galerie Thomas Modern mourns the versatile artist A. R. Penck who died on May 2, 2017 at age 77 in Zurich.

A. R. Penck was the pen name of the artist Ralf Winkler and is his sly response to the dogmatic cultural policy of East Germany and the harassment he suffered as its former citizen, being an artist. At the same time, it points to a geomorphologist by the same name whom he holds in high esteem.

In the early 1960s, strongly schematised figures reminiscent of prehistoric cave paintings appeared in his oeuvre. These archaic figures and symbolic signs henceforth became the characteristic feature of his bold and colourful pictorial and formal language which he also applied to his sculptures.

In 1980, Penck was expatriated. He moved to West Germany and taught as a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1989 to 2005. Penck exhibited his works at the documenta and the Venice Biennale several times.

A. R. Penck died on May 2, 2017 at age 77 in Zurich.

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The Highlights catalogue is out now!

Hot off the press: the catalogue 'Highlights 2017'!

Order the print catalogue here oder take a look at the online version.

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Online catalogue of the exhibition "August Macke - Up Close and Personal"

The online catalogue for the exhibition "August Macke - Up Close an Personal" is out now!

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