Tübke and Italy: exhibition at the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, 7.3. – 16.6.2024

The Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig is the first institution to analyse the influence of the Italian Renaissance on the artist Werner Tübke in a comparison of selected works. Italy had a lasting influence on the artist, but is an aspect of his oeuvre that has received little attention to date. A particular highlight is the work The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand (1529), a joint work by the artists Jacopo Pontormo and Agnolo Bronzino, which has been loaned from the Uffizi. Art history students curated the exhibition rooms together with Frank Zöllner.
The Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation supported the project for two reasons: Firstly, it offers new research results, and secondly, there are content-related references to the foundation: there is a bundle of works by Werner Tübke — paintings, drawings and prints — in the Ludwig Collection. They were acquired at the end of the 1970s and in the 1980s by Peter and Irene Ludwig, who took an interest in his art at an early stage. We are delighted that Tübke and Italy opens up new perspectives on the Leipzig artist’s work. We are very pleased that Tübke’s preliminary study for his contribution to the design of the foyer of the Palast der Republik, the work Der Mensch — Maß aller Dinge (1975) from the Ludwig Collection, was also part of the research. We congratulate Stefan Weppelmann and the MdbK for this valuable co-operation with various institutions!

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