From Kirchner to Baumeister. 50 Masterworks of German Painting 1900 to 1950
March 14, through July 23, 2006
For a long time not properly appreciated owing to the sketchy lines of his expressive work "Lehmbruck as a painter" will form the starting point for a top-quality collection of German painting from Expressionism through to Art Informel. For years, masterpieces by the "Brücke" artists Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Emil Nolde and Otto Müller, but also individual works by Max Beckmann and Oskar Schlemmer, Lionel Feininger and Alexej Jawlensky, Max Ernst and Willi Baumeister have traveled to international exhibitions as ambassadors of the museum and the city. Now, in response to visitors' requests we have decided to again unite these artistic highlights in an exhibition for people to see and experience.
Since there was no "zero hour" in 1945, but following World War II those artists who had emigrated abroad were able to continue their work and those that remained in Germany yet ceased to be active as artists, resumed it – both in a new spirit of freedom. It is thus only logical that the exhibition also includes post-War paintings by Heinz Trökes, Fritz Winter, Georg Meistermann and Willi Baumeister. It also features artists from groups such as the Parisian Matisse circle "Café du Dôme" (with Carl Moll and Rudolf Levy), the "Brücke", the "Blaue Reiter", Berlin's "Sturm" (with Molzahn and Ring) and the "Bauhaus" but also significant individual artists such as Oskar Kokoschka and Max Beckmann.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog entitled "Painting. Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum". with 241 pages, introductory texts and interpretations on individual artists, color and black-and-white photos. The price is €15.