Frankfurt - Paris - Berlin - Amsterdam - New York - the voluntary and involuntary paths of an extraordinary painter.
Max Beckmann - one of the most famous German painters. He tirelessly portrayed and questioned himself and his time in self-portraits. The eventful history of Germany in the first 50 years of the 20th century, it is reflected in this work: the First World War, the period between the wars, the rise of National Socialism and political ostracism, exile - first in Amsterdam, then in the USA. Based on the wealth of information in the Catalogue Raisonnée of the Kaldewei Foundation, we follow Max Beckmann and his second wife Mathilde on their paths. At the centre of our reflections are six self-portraits by Beckmann, through which we open up the world of that time and Max Beckmann's view of it. "From reality I seek the bridge to the invisible", he formulated in 1938. We, director Eva Demmler and art mediator Ellen Löchner, would like to walk this bridge with you.