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  • Emil Schumacher, Nahum, 1961, oil and sand on linen, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2".

    Emil Schumacher

    Sprengel Museum Hannover
    Kurt-Schwitters-Platz
    February 18–May 13

    Museum Wiesbaden
    Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
    June 24–October 7

    Curated by Ulrich Krempel

    Just as today artists from marginalized cultures must adopt the international language of installation art to find a place in the next biennial, many postwar German artists found a conversion to the new international language of abstraction indispensable to the acceptance of their work. Ponder then the fact that most of those German painters are now forgotten, though perhaps the name Emil Schumacher still rings a bell. Curated by Ulrich Krempel, this first retrospective of the artist’s work since his death in 1999—featuring about ninety paintings from all periods, including his extremely large-format pieces of the 1960s and canvases from the ’90s that show signs of a resurgence of figuration—provides an opportunity to redress this amnesia. Travels to Museum Wiesbaden, Germany, June 24–Oct. 7.