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Exhibition October 25, 2018 − January 27, 2019

King of beasts. Wilhelm Kunert and the image of Africa

Schirn Kunsthalle Gallery in Frankfurt presents an exhibition"King of beasts" - the first major retrospective in history by Wilhelm Kunert (1865-1926), which influenced the perception of Africa in Europe and the United States more than any other artist of his time.

At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, he was among the first European artists who went on trips to the former colony of German East Africa, which at that time remained largely unexplored. Pictures and sketches of representatives of the flora and fauna of the region, which Kunert made during these trips, served as material for the monumental paintings, which he later wrote in his studio in Berlin. Demonstrations of these works enjoyed great success at the international level, and their author became the leading interpreter of African wildlife.

The exhibition "King of Animals" presented about 120 works. Along with sketches and paintings from European and American museums, private collections and the Kunert Foundation, a large number of printed and commercial graphic works and publications of the artist are located in the halls.