In the exhibition different subject areas reveal central textual and formal appearances in nude sculpture around 1900. Auguste Rodin, for instance, who is known as the founder of modern sculpture, introduced the introverted figure in sculpture. His marble work ‘Eve’ of 1881 is one example. Inspired by Rodin, sculptors such as Stanislaus Cauer, Max Lange or Paul Sturm created elegiac nudes of Art Nouveau, which seem to be isolated by space and whose meaning is incumbent upon the audience. Also the central topic of the female nude bathing or at the toilette served as a good surface onto which an idealized role model of the woman could have been projected. Works by the Frenchman Albert Bartholomé and the German Georg Kolbe give proof.
The show is enriched by loans from the Galerie Neue Meister and the Kupferstich-Kabinett.