Heinrich Vogeler. The New Human

27 March to 6 November 2022
Barkenhoff, Große Kunstschau,
Haus im Schluh, Worpsweder Kunsthalle


Experience Heinrich Vogeler in his original setting

In 2022, the artists' village of Worpswede will be dedicated to Heinrich Vogeler. The four Worpswede museums – Barkenhoff, Grosse Kunstschau, Haus im Schluh und Worpsweder Kunsthalle – will honour this universal artist on the occasion of his 150th birthday on 12 December 2022 with the retrospective »Heinrich Vogeler. The New Human«, which brings to life his biography and all aspects and phases of his work in a synthesis that is both diverse and fascinating. This retrospective highlights Vogeler's idea of humanity and his personal and political ideals which together shaped his art and eventful life. At the same time, a docu-fiction tracing the artist's life journey will be released in the spring of 2022. The film was partly shot in Worpswede with Florian Lukas (Heinrich Vogeler), Anna-Maria Mühe (Martha Vogeler), Naomi Achternbusch (Paula Modersohn-Becker), Johann von Bülow (Rainer Maria Rilke) and other well-known actors and actresses. For this – and all other visitors – the artists' village offers in 2022 the unique opportunity to get to know the original settings and to delve deeper into them through the original works in the Worpswede museums.

This exhibition marking the Vogeler anniversary year in 2022 is the prelude to a major exhibition, art and research project of the Worpswede museums. Between 2022 and 2027, under the title ›ZEITENWENDE – Kunst im Aufbruch in einer Welt im Umbruch‹ (›TURNING POINT– Art in Transition in a World of Upheaval‹), it will pose and explore the question of what special role art and culture can play in times of radical social change. The question of how art and culture can also contribute in shaping our present social reality and the world in which we live forms a leitmotif for the exhibitions of the Worpswede museums in the coming years and will play an important role for the first time in the Vogeler anniversary year in 2022. This major project will comprise three other anniversaries: the 150th  birthday of Bernhard Hoetger in 2024, the 150th birthday of Paula Modersohn-Becker in 2025/26 and the centennial of the Grosse Kunstschau Worpswede in 2027.

Illustration.: Heinrich Vogeler, Selfportrait (detail), 1914, Oil on canvas, 36 x 31,5 cm, Waldemar Koch Stiftung/permanent loan to Kulturstiftung Landkreis Osterholz, photo: © Rüdiger Lubricht/Worpsweder Museumsverbund

Förderer Worpsweder Museumsverbund e. V.