100 years Worpsweder Kunsthalle

Art cosmos Worpswede – 100 Years of the Worpsweder Kunsthalle
Worpsweder Kunsthalle
March 17, 2019 to March 8, 2020

The year 1919 marked a turning point in the history of the artists’ village: The art collector and dealer Friedrich Netzel opened the first exhibition in Worpswede in his father’s bookstore, thereby making his collection of Worpswede art open to the public. Starting in 1925, various presentations of his own inventory and the hitherto unique special exhibits became a real crowd puller at the Bergstraße. That was the start of an enduring success story. The Netzel collection continued to grow over the course of three generations and today it provides an exemplary insight into the multifaceted cosmos of art in Worpswede – from its beginnings to the present.

In 2019 the Worpswede Kunsthalle will be celebrating its 100th birthday! Art Cosmos Worpswede – 100 Years of the Worpswede Kunsthalle will be presenting until 3 November 2019 an ongoing and very impressive selection of Worpswede’s most beautiful works taken from its own collections.

The collection of the Worpswede Art Foundation Friedrich Netzel alone encompasses around 450 paintings from the founding generation of Worpswede artists to the present. It is one of the most important private and family-based collection of paintings about the Worpswede artists’ colony. Due to such an extensive collection, the Kunsthalle cannot display all works at the same time. The highlights of the Old Masters of Worpswede will be shown on a permanent basis in the rear room. This is accompanied by a look at the impressive graphic collection. And visitors are invited to linger and revisit the front part of the museum, where a series of six special topics dealing with the most important key points of the three Friedrich Netzel generational topics will be shown. The first in this series in March presents the so-called »Paint-Women«. Paula Modersohn-Becker, Ottilie Reylaender, Marie Bock and Hedwig Woermann will be followed by Alfred Kollmar, Willi Dammasch, Lisel Oppel and Albert Schiestl-Arding. The series continues at the end of May with Bernhard Hoetger, Richard Oelze and Udo Peters. And in July the space will be taken over by the »Young Group«, and leading finally to contemporary artists.