main content start,
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vahine no te Tiare. The Woman with the Flower, Detail, 1891
© Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Vahine no te Tiare. The Woman with the Flower, Detail, 1891
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Arearea no Varua Ino. The Amusement of the Evil Spirit, Detail, 1894
© Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), Tahitianische Fischerinnen, Detail, 1891, Öl auf Leinwand
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Leihgabe der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung / Jörg P. Anders
Arthur Baessler (1857-1907), Tautira, Detail, 1896-1898, Fotografie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum / Annette Hlawa
Rosalind Nashashibi (1973-) und Lucy Skaer (1975-), Why are you angry?, Detail, 2017, Video-Still
© Courtesy of Nashashibi/Skaer and Grimm Gallery
Film-Still: Frauen in bunten Tüchern mit Blüten im Haar sitzen und stehen vor einer blauen Hausfassade.
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Tahitianische Frauen, 1891, Detail, Musée d’Orsay, Schenkung der Comtesse Vitali in Gedenken an ihren Bruder, den Vicomte Guy de Cholet, 1923
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay), Foto: Patrice Schmidt | Bridgeman
Yuki Kihara, First Impressions: Paul Gauguin, 2018, Videostill, HD Video, 16:9, 13 Minuten (Talkshow in 5 Episoden), im Auftrag von Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco und Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen
© Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Yuki Kihara, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and Milford Galleries, Dunedin

Paul Gauguin (Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa) was one of the central trailblazers of Modern art, and his most famous paintings were produced on the Pacific island of Tahiti between 1891 and 1901. Paul Gauguin – Why Are You Angry? at the Alte Nationalgalerie looks at Gauguin’s oeuvre – which was also shaped by Western, colonial ideas of ‘the exotic’ and ‘the erotic’ –, juxtaposing the works with historical material from both Gauguin’s past and his present, and with international contemporary art. 

Gauguin left the art capital of Paris, his wife and five children in 1891 to embark on a spiritual and artistic quest to French Polynesia, where he lived until his death, apart from one interlude. It was in this period that Gauguin created one of his major works, the painting Tahitian Fisherwomen (1891) from the Nationalgalerie’s collection.

Against the backdrop of historical influences and postcolonial debates, the exhibition interrogates Gauguin’s self-created myth of the “savage artist”. Gauguin made recourse to a colonialist dream of an earthly paradise, but at the same time managed to articulate a completely novel artistic vision. Paul Gauguin – Why Are You Angry? approaches Gauguin from various angles, and also provides a contemporary perspective through works by artists such as Angela Tiatia (New Zealand/Australia), Yuki Kihara (Samoa/Japan) and Nashashibi/Skaer (United Kingdom), along with the Tahitian activist and multi-artist Henri Hiro (French Polynesia).

Paul Gaugin – Why Are You Angry? is an exhibition by the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in cooperation with and based on the concept of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. Curated by Anna Kærsgaard Gregersen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen with Ralph Gleis, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in German and an English edition with 160 pages and numerous illustrations.

A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Please refer to the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

  • 1. May 10:00 - 18:00

Location,

Alte Nationalgalerie
Bodestraße 1, 10178 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Website,

www.smb.museum/en/exhibi…

Prices,

Admission price 12,00 €

Special exhibition "Gauguin - Why Are You Angry?" + Old National Gallery

Reduced price 6,00 €

Children and young people up to the age of 18 are admitted free of charge.

Buy ticket

Related Events

Tickets

Admission price

12,00 €

Special exhibition "Gauguin - Why Are You Angry?" + Old National Gallery

Reduced price

6,00 €

Children and young people up to the age of 18 are admitted free of charge.

Yearly ticket

Click here for information about Yearly ticket.

Member of Museumspass Berlin

Buy ticket

Catalog

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog in German and an English edition with 160 pages and numerous illustrations.

Services

Service Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Organizer

  • Nationalgalerie

Links

Accessibility

More Exhibitions

Blick in die Skulpturenhalle, im Zentrum die Prinzessinnengruppe von Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764-1850), 1795 bis 1797
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / David von Becker

Art of the 19th Century

Max Liebermann, Flachsscheuer in Laren, 1887
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Andres Kilger

My Lieberman

A tribute to the 175th birthday

Johann Gottfried Schadow, sog. Prinzessinnengruppe, 1797, Marmor
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Andres Kilger

Embracing Forms – Johann Gottfried Schadow