Berlin

Your Uncle Feininger

Comics, Fairy Tales, and Toys

April 27 – June 19, 2009

detail of City at the Edge of the World
exhibition view
detail of City at the Edge of the World
Norwegische Volksmärchen, 1906-1908
cover page
color crayon /gouache on paper
9 x 6 in. (23 x 15.3 cm)
Norwegische Volksmärchen, 1906-1908
crayon and ink on paper
6 1/4 x 4 in. (16 x 10.2 cm)
Norwegische Volksmächen, 1906-1908
crayon and ink on paper
6 1/4 x 4 in. (16 x 10.2 cm)
The Kin-der-Kids
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published April 29, 1906)
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
The Kin-der-Kids: The Jim-Jam Relief Expedition has a Collapse
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published 1906 )
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
The Kin-der-Kids: Auntie Jim-Jam and Cousin Gussy have a Vision of the Kin-der-Kids
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published June 17, 1906 )
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
The Kin-der-Kids Relief Expedition slams into a Steeple, with results
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published July 1, 1906 )
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
The Kin-der-Kids Melancholy Loss of the Jim-Jam Relief Expedition's Balloon
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published July 29, 1906 )
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
Wee Willie Winkie's World
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published September 16, 1906)
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
Wee Willie Winkie's World
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published September 20, 1906)
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
Wee Willie Winkie's World
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published October 28, 1906)
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)
Wee Willie Winkie's World
The Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper page
(published November 4, 1906)
23 1/8 x 17 1/16 in. (59 x 44.5 cm)

Press Release

As part of its inaugural exhibition, Moeller Fine Art Berlin presented "Your Uncle Feininger: Comics, Fairy Tales, and Toys", exploring little-known aspects in the work of Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). For the first time, the preparatory figure and nature studies for Feininger's comic strips, The Kin-der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie's World, were shown alongside original broadsheets from The Chicago Sunday Tribune, where they were published in 1906-1907.

The exhibition also included 68 hand-carved and painted wooden figures and houses created between 1925 and 1955. This unique group is the largest of its kind in the world, and belonged to the Feininger's eldest son, Andreas.

In 1913, Lyonel Feininger also designed a series of toy trains for the Munich manufacturer Otto Löwenstein. Due to the outbreak of the First World War, however, only the prototypes were realized. The preparatory drawings for these were only recently discovered, were shown at Moeller Fine Art Berlin for the first time. In addition, five drawings of 1908 for Hans Bondy's edition of Norwegische Volksmärchen (Norwegian Folktales) will be shown.

Please contact the gallery for more details.