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Exhibition October 2, 2020 − January 31, 2021
Bon voyage, Signac!
Summer at the port of Istanbul. Under full sail, the ships move left and right out of the viewer's sight. Like a rising curtain, they offer a view of a unique horizon made of domes, towers and minarets. Paul Signac with a unique sense of color and thousands of brush strokes created this landscape on canvas in 1909.

At that time, the city was still called Constantinople and was the most important metropolis of the Ottoman Empire. The pointillistic painting of the harbor in Cologne is now in the spotlight of the special exhibition “Bon voyage, Signac!".
 
BON VOYAGE, SIGN!
IMPRESSIVE JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR OWN COLLECTION

October 2, 2020 - January 31, 2021
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Summer at the port of Istanbul. Under full sail, the ships move left and right out of the viewer's sight. Like a rising curtain, they offer a view of a unique horizon made of domes, towers and minarets. Paul Signac with a unique sense of color and thousands of brush strokes created this landscape on canvas in 1909. At that time, the city was still called Constantinople and was the most important metropolis of the Ottoman Empire. The pointillistic painting of the harbor in Cologne is now in the spotlight of the special exhibition “Bon Voyage, Signac!” Around the picture are grouped more than fifty works by famous artists such as Monet, Manet, Caillebotte, Courbet, Gauguin, Cézanne Van Gogh and Matisse. Wallraf welcomes the new Signac on this impressive journey through its own collection. Thanks to the generous standing loan from Stiftung Kunst im Landesbesitz (NRW), the museum can now also use “Constantinople”: Yeni Jami to show the main work from the artist’s later work. The internal department of art technology and restoration specifically examined the painting in a conservative manner and thoroughly cleaned the top layer of the painting. The method of this recovery is clearly documented, and the result is breathtaking. This "new" Signac is now presented to the public for the first time.

Artworks at the exhibition

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1898, 93.5×75 cm
All artworks at the exhibition