Max Pechstein: Freilicht, 1910
'Towards a new freedom ...'
Masterpieces of Expressionism from the Lehmbruck Museum's Collection
Press conference: 22 February, 11:00 a.m.
Curator: Sabine Maria Schmidt
A hundred years ago in Dresden, artists Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff joined forces to launch a group called "Die Brücke". They wanted to "establish our freedom to create the brushstrokes and lead the lives we want in contrast to the now older movements in art, which are sitting pretty." Carved in wood, the "Brücke"'s manifesto states that "anyone who expresses what he feels compelled to express in a direct and unfalsified way can belong to us." The founding of the group corresponds with the foundation of the Museumsverein in Duisburg that selfsame year of 1905, which wished to bring together a new cultural energy with its call for citizens to commit themselves to the cause of art. "Die Brücke" heralded one of the most radical art reforms in the 20th century, namely Expressionism. This movement also comprises the historical foundations of the museum, along with the Lehmbruck and Sculpture Collections. Not only can visitors view outstanding paintings, they can also rediscover the rarely shown water colors from the Collection, and these include the extensive set of folders with ink drawings by E. L. Kirchner and numerous printed works which have hardly ever been shown to date and for which a catalogue will be made.
The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous guided tours. Those interested can enroll for the guided scholarly tours of our cabinets planned in the archive room.