Max Beckmann, Departure, 1932-35
Oil on canvas, triptych
center panel 215.3 * 115.2 cm,
side panels each 215.3 * 99.7 cm

Museum of Modern Art, New York
(c) 2022. Digital image,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence


Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst, Munich
Room 21–26
25.11.2022  ‐  12.03.2023

Some genuinely amazing exhibitions are coming up in the South of Germany this Autumn and winter. Here is another one not to be missed.

This large-scale monographic exhibition is initially dedicated to the theme of travel, which was of existential importance to Max Beckmann (1884–1950) in both a biographical and symbolic sense. His life was marked by tragic experiences of war and uprooting, transit and exile, but also by glamorous vacations, the urge for freedom and the longing to travel. Around 70 loans from important private and public Beckmann collections in Europe and the USA, such as the first triptych DEPARTURE from MoMA, show the enormous range of travel-oriented pictorial motifs and concepts and complement the largest European collection of Beckmann paintings from the Modern Art Collection. Through a donation from Max Beckmann’s family estate to the Max Beckmann Archive of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in 2015, numerous previously unknown materials and documents such as photo albums and films are presented for the first time, providing a new and up-to-date view of the artist.