A Life for Hamburg
Oscar Troplowitz

18 January to 30 June 2013

Oscar Troplowitz
Franz Nölken, Der Unternehmer Oscar Troplowitz, 1916, Photo: Elke Walford, © Hamburger Kunsthalle/bpk

From a simple chemist's shop in Hamburg to an international concern, from architecture to film, from Nivea to Renoir – Oscar Troplowitz (1863–1918) was active in many different fields and his influence can still be felt far beyond the city boundaries. As a businessman Troplowitz created the world-famous Nivea brand, among others, but he was also politically engaged and a keen supporter of the arts. To mark his 150th birthday, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is highlighting the different aspects of Troplowitz's life and work in a special exhibition, with particular emphasis on his appreciation of fine and applied arts. The display reassembles important parts of his collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Corot, Sisley, Liebermann and Slevogt. Finely drawn print advertisements and striking posters commissioned by the Beiersdorf company, in styles ranging from Art Nouveau to New Objectivity, transported artistic images into everyday life, while animated commercials by film pioneer Julius Pinschewer also used humour and charm to present toothpastes and face creams to cinema audiences.

Curator: Leonie Beiersdorf
(the same name with the company Beiersdorf is random)

 

With generous support of

  • Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg
  • Claussen Stiftung
  • Martha Pulvermacher Stiftung
  • Oscar Troplowitz, 1890
    Oscar Troplowitz, 1890
  • Oscar Troplowitz
    Franz Nölken, Der Unternehmer Oscar Troplowitz, 1916
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir    (1841 –1919)   Madame Hériot, 1882
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 –1919)
    Madame Hériot, 1882
  • Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899)  Die Seine bei Billancourt, 1879
    Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899)
    Die Seine bei Billancourt, 1879
  • Max Slevogt (1868 - 1932)  Waldlandschaft (Auf dem Anstand), 1902
    Max Slevogt (1868 - 1932)
    Waldlandschaft (Auf dem Anstand), 1902
  • Hans Baluschek    (1870 William Müller (1871 – 1913)  Entwurf zur Villa Troplowitz, 1907
    William Müller (1871 – 1913)
    Entwurf zur Villa Troplowitz, 1907
  • Hans Baluschek    (1870 – 1935)     Plakat für Cito Sportheftpflaster, 1896
    Hans Baluschek (1870 – 1935)
    Plakat für Cito Sportheftpflaster, 1896
  • Hans Rudi Erdt (1883 – 1925)  Plakat für Nivea-Puder
    Hans Rudi Erdt (1883 – 1925)
    Plakat für Nivea-Puder
  • Werbestummfilm Der Zahnteufel, 1915
    Werbestummfilm,
    Der Zahnteufel,
    1915

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