Munich, revisit Villa Stuck “In the Temple of the Self The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art – Europe and America 1800-1948”
by Venetia Kapernekas
curated by Margot Th. Brandlhuber
On November 21st, the museum Villa Stuck opened _as an anniversary project – the exhibition »In the Temple of the Self: The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art.« An exemplary artist’s residence, the Stuck villa is not just the supreme expression of »artist prince« Franz von Stuck’s life-as-total-work-of-art, but also his most splendid artwork. It is the culmination of his aspirations for a unification of all the arts…..
….The exhibition presents both famous existing artist’s residences and projects that, though nowadays lost, destroyed and forgotten, were uniquely important in their time and continue to exude a fascinating aura to this very day. Selected works by the artists that are closely linked to their residences, as well as photographs, drawings and models, convey vivid impressions of the blending of art and life and the harmony of the arts that is reflected in the historical term of the gesamtkunstwerk as it was understood by Richard Wagner…..”
Among the artist’s residences included are the John Soane’s Museum in London, the Red House of William Morris in Bexleyheath, the Tiffany House of Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York City, Mortimer Menpes’s residence in London, the villa of Fernand Khnopff in Brussels, Kurt Schwitters’s MERZbau in Hanover, the house of Konstantin Melnikov in Moscow, Theo van Doesburg’s maison in Meudon-Val-Fleury near Paris and the residence of Max Ernst in Sedona, Arizona.