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Paul Gauguin - Why Are You Angry?

Longing for exoticism and eroticism: The exhibition "Why Are You Angry?" in the Alte Nationalgalerie shows works by Gauguin that were created on the South Sea island of Tahiti and contrasts them with positions of contemporary artists.

Gauguin left the art metropolis of Paris, his wife and five children in 1891 to embark on a spiritual and artistic quest to French Polynesia. Here he lived, with one interruption, until his death in 1903. Among other things, one of Gauguin's major works from the collection of the National Gallery, the painting "Tahitian Fisherwomen" from 1891, was created during this phase.

Against the backdrop of historical models and post-colonial debates, the exhibition puts the myth of the "wild artist" created by Gauguin himself up for discussion. For his part, Gauguin already drew on a colonial dream of an earthly paradise, which at the same time enabled him to embark on a completely new kind of art. With the exhibition "Why are you angry", Gauguin is approached from different perspectives and current views are also opened up through works by contemporary artists such as Angela Tiatia, Yuki Kihara or Nashashibi/Skaer and the Thai activist and artist Henri Hiro.

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Paul Gauguin - Why Are You Angry?
Alte Nationalgalerie
25 March 2022
10 July 2022
Admission Fee
€12, reduced €6
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 18 PM

Alte Nationalgalerie

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Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/edited

Last edited: 11 July 2022