Justin Hoffmann

  • Johannes Muggenthaler

    Johannes Muggenthaler’s goal in this exhibition was to approach the cultural mentality of Munich a century ago. For the artist, this state of mind is best embodied by the painter Gabriel von Max. Muggenthaler chose von Max as representative of this particular mindset because of the older artist’s bent for spiritism and Darwinism. It is almost as if Muggenthaler were claiming to have an outsider position similar to von Max’s with regard to his contemporaries.

    This exhibition honors von Max on one level by including his bizarre, enigmatic paintings almost casually among Muggenthaler’s own works.