hen he painted his first oil painting in 1907, Lyonel Feininger had already more than ten years’ experience as illustrator for satyrical periodicals. An ample section of the exhibition is dedicated to this period, with many original drawings on show, together with some magazines of the period in which appear the artist’s savage caricatures. Humour, exaggeration, an aesthetic of the colours striving for harmony, and perspective distortion are the tools Lyonel Feininger acquired in his activity as draughtsman, and these subsequently enabled him to elaborate an original and highly unusual style with respect to other contemporary artists.
The exhibition aims to tell not only the story of this extraordinary artist, but also that of an important presence in the Trentino, that of musician and musicologist don Lorenzo Feininger. Son of the famous painter, don Lorenzo had the merit – at a time when his father was still relatively little appreciated – of stimulating demand for collecting of his works, still faithful to those meetings and friendship today, which helped bring about a significant artistic sensibility in the Trentino region.
Scientific director: Gabriella Belli
Curated by Danilo Curti-Feininger