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  • Anish Kapoor, When I am Pregnant, 1992, mixed media, variable dimensions. Installation view: Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn.

    Rudolf Steiner

    Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
    Kleiner Schlossplatz 13
    February 5–May 22

    Vitra Design Museum
    Charles-Eames-Str. 1
    July 17–November 1

    Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
    Hollerplatz 1
    May 13–October 3

    Curated by Makus Brüderlin, Markus Mascher, and Mateo Kries

    Austrian visionary Rudolf Steiner (1861–1935) held intellectual sway long enough to meet Nietzsche and get run out of Berlin by Hitler. Steiner influenced everything from education to spiritualism, organic farming, and architecture, and his form of blackboard drawing was adopted by Joseph Beuys. This summer, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and the Vitra Design Museum examine the depth of this polymath’s impact, with two exhibitions under the same roof, one boasting works by fifteen artists, including Olafur Eliasson and Katharina Grosse, the other featuring historical objects from the Vitra: furniture, models, and drawings by Steiner and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others, along with letters to Steiner from Piet Mondrian, Richard Neutra, and, of all people, Franz Kafka. Both shows arrive with voluminous catalogues.