In this special anniversary year for the museum building, the exhibition Painting in Space casts a new light on one of the most diverse and influential artists of modernism. Fernand Léger (1881–1955), a contemporary of Pablo Picasso and Georges braque, sought to synthesize the arts in his work. He made films, created murals for private homes as well as public buildings such as the United Nations Headquarters in New york, and designed costumes, theater sets, and church windows. Painting in Space is the first retrospective that focuses on Fernand Léger’s murals. For Léger, an architectural draftsman by training, engaging with built spaces via painting was a major concern. He developed close ties to key figures of modern architecture around the world.
Painting in Space explores the fruits of this dialog and traces his development from the early 1920s to his death in 1955. It features fascinating and often unexpectedly experimental projects that reflect different types of collaboration.
The Museum Ludwig in Cologne presented the exhibit "Painting in Space" between April 9 – July 3, 2016. If you are interested in our video, please ask for the password!