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Freiburg: September 27th – November 4th, 2022 Meckelhalle, Sparkassen-FinanzZentrum Freiburg: Exhibition on the 75th anniversary of the death of the Black Forest painter Karl Hauptmann (1880 –1947)

Pictures from a private collection in Freiburg

First comprehensive exhibition of the Freiburg artist in his native town

In the Meckelhalle of the Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau from 27.09. 37 paintings by the outstanding Black Forest painter Karl Hauptmann will be presented until November 4th, 2022. The works from all of the artist’s creative periods come in their entirety from a private collection in Freiburg. Never before has the painter, who was born in Freiburg in 1880, been exhibited so extensively in his hometown after his death in 1947.

Hauptmann, who attended private art schools in Munich and Nuremberg, retired to his Molerhüsli at the foot of the Herzogenhorn in the Black Forest after the First World War. The landscape around the Feldberg has determined his extensive oeuvre since 1907. Hauptmann painted his homeland – its landscape and the characteristic Black Forest courtyards in all seasons, but with a preference in winter. The Feldberg painter demonstrated masterful skill in the differentiated rendering of the snow and in capturing the sunlight on the white surface. Hauptmann secured his place in regional art history in particular with his winter pictures and, together with Hermann Dischler (1866-1935), is the winter painter of the Black Forest. He did not take up the current art trends of his time such as Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Surrealism and New Objectivity, instead developing a natural, atmospheric style that was largely based on the traditional view of art of the 19th century.

His pictures were very popular even during his lifetime and sold well with visitors to the Feldberg hotels and the Black Forest. His Molerhüsli, which still exists today, became a popular meeting place for skiers, hikers, students and guests on the Feldberg.

The exhibition, which was initiated by the Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau, aims to make the artist, who has so far been valued primarily by collectors and Black Forest lovers, known to a wider audience. In addition, excerpts from the film “The Winter Pictures of the Feldberg Painter. Karl Hauptmann and the Art of Living”, which the granddaughter of the painter and bestselling author Gaby Hauptmann filmed on the occasion of the artist’s first retrospective in the 1990s. The painting exhibition was curated by the Freiburg art historian Dr. Ruth Hotzel-Dickel.

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The exhibition, which was also created in coordination with the Augustinian Museum, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, three closed tours are offered, on 11.10. / 19.10. / 24.10. each at 5:00 p.m. The number of participants is limited. Please register by email to [email protected]

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