Berman Museum

Berman Conversation

Artist Matthias Schaller with Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Berman Museum is pleased to announce the next in its Berman Conversations series in conjunction with Matthias Schaller: Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece). Please join us November 7th at 7 PM for a conversation between artist Matthias Schaller and Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Berman Conversation series pairs exhibiting artists with members of the art community for a dynamic exchange of interests and ideas.


The highly detailed photographs that comprise German artist Matthias Schaller’s Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece) each document the paint palettes and sometimes brushes of legendary artists—Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, among others. Schaller’s project began when the photographer visited Cy Twombly’s studio in Gaeta, Italy. Since 2007, Schaller has made a career of documenting over two hundred palettes from over seventy artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Schaller sees each image as “an indirect portrait of the painter and of his or her painting technique.”  The sparse chaos of Twombly’s swirls of abstract color, or the overwhelming depth of Yves Klein’s blue, or the broad, gestural brushstrokes on Édouard Manet’s palette, or Piet Mondrian’s flat expanse of white each signal the work, style, and legacy of each individual painter. Schaller’s photographs stage a conversation between artists and between media, while providing invaluable insight into each artist’s use of color, organization of space, and facture.


All Berman programs are free and open to the public