Käthe Kollwitz

28 June to 1 November 2015

Among the many works presented in the joint exhibition
»Ways of Art – Ways of Life«, the graphic works and sculptures of Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) will be shown in the Große Kunstschau. As one of the outstanding artists of her generation, she overcame many obstacles to reap great praise and leave behind an enduring legacy. Alongside such artists as Paula Modersohn-Becker and Marianne von Werefkin, she is considered to be one of Germany’s most outstanding artists of modernity.

At the end of the 19
th century her alarmingly realistic graphic works and drawings – in themselves a brave act of social criticism in the Imperial Germany of the day – sparked lively debates about equality and social justice. This exhibition station traces the artistic and political paths in the life of Kollwitz.

The collection on display features works from all her creative phases: from the earliest works taken from her apprenticeship, to socio-critical works as well as artistic representations with which Kollwitz expressed her socialist and pacifist leanings.

Also on display are sculptural works which open up a lesser known aspect of her art – Kollwitz as a sculptress.

Illustration: Käthe Kollwitz, Self-portrait front view, 1922/23, woodcut, Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

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