Hamburger Kunsthalle

Wild! Depictions of Animals from Four Centuries

07 Mar - 06 Jul 2008

Pablo Picasso
Bull and Horse, 1934
© Sammlung Hegewisch in der Hamburger Kunsthalle
Photo: Christoph Irrgang

7 March to 6 July 2008


The representation of animals in art is as old as art itself, and depictions of animals are in fact even older and more primordial than those of human beings. It is no surprise, therefore, that over the centuries, artists have portrayed animals in a vast array of forms and styles – the most popular subjects being bulls, horses, lions, tigers, dogs, cats and doves. Taking as its starting point works from the Hegewisch Collection, supplemented by the holdings of the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography, the exhibition traces this history of animal imagery with the aid of selected examples. It includes drawings and prints by Dürer, Baldung Grien, Ridinger, Tischbein, Delacroix, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Munch, and of course Pablo Picasso, in whose art animals and hybrids between humans and animals played a major role.

Curator of the exhibition: Dr. Andreas Stolzenburg

Tags: Pablo Picasso