Beauty and Secrecy

German Symbolism – The Other Modernism

With its mythological, fairy tale-like aesthetic, which has preserved an aura of mystery and inscrutability to this day, Symbolism is considerably less researched and less ubiquitous than Impressionism, which flourished almost around the same time.
Symbolism emerged in the 1870s as a pan-European phenomenon, straddling the divide between a yearning for nature and a belief in progress, between tradition and modernism.
Starting with its pioneers – Arnold Böcklin, Hans von Marées and Anselm Feuerbach – this exhibition and accompanying book present the thematic diversity of German Symbolism in more than 150 works, providing an intriguing insight into a fascinating era of art history that is waiting to be rediscovered.
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Beauty and Secrecy

March 2013

ISBN 978-3-86678-810-7

24,00 × 28,00 cm

300 pages

225 colored and 41 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Jutta Hülsewig-Johnen authors Jutta Hülsewig Johnen, Angelika Wesenberg, Erich Franz, Henrike Mund, Ingeborg Becker, Friedrich Meschede, Andreas Dehmer graphic design Jörg Aufdemkamp, Bielefeld

Exhibition: „Schönheit und Geheimnis. Der deutsche Symbolismus – Die andere Moderne“, 24.3. – 7.7.2013,  Kunsthalle Bielefeld