Marking the 20th anniversary of the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Modern Art Collection presents itself anew on 3,600 square metres of exhibition space with around 350 works by more than 150 artists. The new presentation no longer follows the principle of chronological grouping. Under the programmatic exhibition title MIX & MATCH, painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography and video art meet for the first time in thematic spaces that transcend epochs and media.
The room titled "Panoptikum" (Panopticon) after Josef Scharl's painting features artists of the modern avant-garde such as Otto Freundlich, Pablo Picasso and Josef Scharl alongside Francis Bacon and contemporary artist Thomas Helbig. On the opposite side of Bacon's triptych "Crucifixion" hung the triptych by Nazi artist Adolf Ziegler "The Four Elements: Fire, Earth and Water, Air" until September 2023.
The triptych "The Four Elements" by Adolf Ziegler is on loan from 11 November 2023 to 24 March 2024 in the special exhibition "Art in the Third Reich. Seduction and Distraction" at the Arnhem Museum in the Netherlands.
Read here why the triptych by Adolf Ziegler - a work of National Socialist art - was shown in the room "Panoptikum" on the subject of body, norm and criticism in the representation of the body:
Every person is different! Every society consists of many individual personalities, each with different preconditions, individual biographies and their own concepts of living.
Until today, one of the greatest challenges of a state is to meet the needs of all people equally. In dictatorial systems such as National Socialism, ideals of the body and gender were ideologically defined, standardised and propagated by artists who conformed to the system. Critical artists have consciously developed open perspectives against such simplistic and manipulative role models as well as against one-sided clichés and moral concepts. They reflect the diversity and beauty of different possible identities and set an example for solidarity and tolerance.