New giant poster on the EuroAirport control tower: Woman in the works of Picasso – The major special exhibition of kunsthalle messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl

The new giant poster on the EuroAirport control tower announces the new special exhibition Woman in the works of Picasso, which runs from 24 June to 12 November 2017 at kunsthalle messmer in Riegel am Kaiserstuhl. Around 130 of Picasso’s works from major private and public collections are presented. They are complemented in an exemplary and unique manner by original works of the women in Picasso’s life, who also pursued the arts.

The 14 by 7 metre giant poster, attached to the control tower by mountaineers this morning, 1 June 2017, was unveiled in the presence of Jürgen A. Messmer, Presiden of the messmer foundation and Vivienne Gaskell, Head of Communications. EuroAirport thus emphasises its role as a strategic gateway to the cultural events of the tri-national region, which includes kunsthalle messmer in neighbouring South Baden, Germany.

As a hub for air and surface transport with a varied flight plan, EuroAirport offers regular connections to explore the cultural treasures of the tri-national region, promoting its international appeal. As the most important museum between Basel and Baden-Baden, kunsthalle messmer in Riegel is a cultural beacon, famous far beyond the region’s borders.

On 24 June 2017 kunsthalle messmer opens the 25th exhibition since its foundation. Patron of the charming historic building that houses the museum is the messmer foundation, established in 2005 by former entrepreneur Jürgen A. Messmer.

Each year the museum mounts between three and five temporary exhibitions, which also offer the public the opportunity to view sections of the Messmer private collection, depending on the subject. The private collection, which now numbers more than 1,000 masterpieces, and kunsthalle messmer focus mainly on works of classical modernism and contemporary art. Patron of the arts and foundation chairman Jürgen A. Messmer attaches special importance to communicating and presenting art to as wide a public as possible.

Marking its anniversary, kunsthalle messmer celebrates the life and work of one of the most important Modernist artists: Pablo Picasso.

The title “Woman in the works of Picasso” underscores the exhibition’s emphasis, which clearly distinguishes it from the many other shows of the artist’s works. The idea of placing special emphasis on the lives and fates of the women who shared Picasso’s life came from Jürgen A. Messmer, who curated the exhibition personally.

A special highlight is the presence of two of Picasso’s nine companions and muses, Sylvette David and Angela Rosengart, at the opening.

The giant poster announcing the opening of the major Picasso exhibition in kunsthalle messmer is the latest in a line of various motifs on the airport control tower:

-    “Otto Dix – the Isenheim Altarpiece”, the first modern art exhibition since the modernisation and extension of the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar (September 2016)
-    the Blue Red Rocker by Ellsworth Kelly heralding the special exhibition "Sculpture on the move 1946 - 2016" for the opening of the extended Kunstmuseum Basel (April 2016)
-     The "Frozen North" polar bear, drawing attention to the prestigious Mulhouse Zoo project (June 2015)
-    "IBA Basel 2020 – Growing Together across Borders" in support of the 2013 IBA Project Exhibition (September 2013)
-    the Ariane rocket, referring to the m2A local government association’s presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities in France (April 2013)
-    “Freiburg Green City” which illustrated EuroAirport’s geographical proximity to Freiburg im Breisgau and the close ties with the Black Forest (June 2010)
-    the cornfields of Provence, a luminescent painting by Van Gogh, drawing attention to the exhibition entitled ”Vincent van Gogh – Between Earth and Heaven", in the Kunstmuseum Basel (April 2009)
-    the railway locomotive from the Mulhouse “Cité du Rail” collection (March 2005)
-    the Fernet Branca Eagle (“Musée d’Art Contemporain”, Saint-Louis, October 2004)
-    the Tutankhamun Mask (exhibition in the Basel Museum of Antiquities, May 2004).

The new poster is yet another building block in an innovative communication approach designed to highlight EuroAirport's central position at the intersection of the three countries.
Information about the exhibition and kunsthalle messmer is available at: www.kunsthallemessmer.de