First Comprehensive Overview of Gabriel von Max’s Work on View at Lenbachhaus

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MUNICH.- Gabriel von Max (1840–1915), artist, Spiritist and Darwinist, was a remarkable character and in many ways a paradigmatic figure of the later nineteenth century. His main focus lay in the history of the development of mankind, its origins, essence and future. This exhibition in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich present the very first comprehensive overview of von Max’s entire work. Every facet of his rich imagination will be shown, from his artistic oeuvre to his interest in natural history as well as ethnology and esoterics. Max’s painting, research and work as a collector provide an encyclopaedic view of the art, culture and science of his time, and a spectacular visual encounter with various aspects of the nineteenth century. Gabriel von Max was educated in Prague, Vienna and Munich, and after the success of his 1867 painting “The Christian Martyr” he became one of the