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Rudolf Belling- Alfred Flechtheim
Art dealer of the Avantgarde

Rudolf Belling

26.08.1886 Berlin - 09.06.1972 Krailling bei München
Alfred Flechtheim and Rudolf Belling

The sculptor Max Belling created theatre decorations for Max Reinhardt and, from 1925 onwards, successfully exhibited his sculptures internationally. A sculpture by Belling was included on the front of Ruggiero Vasari’s magazine ‘Der Futurismus’ in summer 1922. "Skulptur 23" – for which Belling divided the head into its component parts, reduced these to fundamental geometric shapes and reassembled them – is one of his major works.

For his portrait of Alfred Flechtheim in 1927, he removed the eyes, nose and lips completely from the shaped skull. He was called to the Prussian Academy of Arts in 1931 and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In January 1937 Belling emigrated to Turkey. His works was defamed by the Nazis at the ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition and partly destroyed. Four sculptures in all were removed from museums in Berlin and Essen.

Belling’s œuvre is marked by joint projects with architects. Wolfgang Gurlitt’s new villa, designed by Walter Würzbach, was furnished with sculptural works and unconventional ornamentation by Belling in 1918. The Scala Casino, a former wintersports arena, was converted into a dance hall and wine bar together with Würzbach in 1920. The critic Paul Westheim interpreted the Expressionist building as a spatial architectural sculpture; opponents saw it as kind of overtly fashionable, lighthearted cinema architecture. For the famous Goldstein Villa in Grunewald, designed in the Cubist style by Arthur Korn, Belling made a seemingly Futuristic tiered fountain. Rudolph Belling’s first solo exhibition was in 1919 at Wolfgang Gurlitt’s gallery in Berlin. This was followed in 1924 by a second one in the so-called Kronprinzenpalais, under the direction of Ludwig Justi. It was here that the Nationalgalerie Berlin acquired the sculpture "Dreiklang". Works by Belling were shown in several group exhibitions in Flechtheim’s galleries. 

Individual exhibitons at the Galerie Flechtheim

November–Dezember 1920

Max Burchartz. Bildwerke von Rudolf Belling
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Group exhibitions at the Galerie Flechtheim

Juni–August 1927

Das Problem der Generation. Die um 1880 geborenen Meister von heute Erster Teil: Die Deutschen
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

Juni 1929

Lebende deutsche Kunst aus rheinischem Privatbesitz
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Sommer 1929

Sommer 1929: Rudolf Grossmann und andere
Berlin, Düsseldorf, (Lützowufer, Königsallee)

März–April 1930

Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Dezember 1931 – Januar 1932

Weihnachten 1931
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

Mai–Juni 1932

111 Porträts zeitgenössischer Künstler. Selbstbildnisse. Bildnisse von Malern, Dichtern, Schauspielern, Musikern, Boxern usw.
Berlin, Lützowufer 13