Alexej von Jawlensky, Girl’s Head with Red Turban and Yellow Clasp (Barbarian Princess), c. 1912 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen

  • Gabriele Münter, Landscape with a White Wall, 1910 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|© Bildrecht 2015
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artists´ group (Artists´ Discourse), 1913 (dated 1912) © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen By Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern, 2014
  • August Macke, Pale Women in Front of Millinery, 1913 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Christian Rohlfs, Red Cannas, 1935 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Franz Marc, Small Composition III, 1913-1914 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Lyonel Feininger, Gaberndorf I, 1921 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|© Bildrecht Wien, 2015
  • Max Pechstein, Acrobats, 1918-1919 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|© Bildrecht, Wien 2015
  • Christian Rohlfs, The Prisoner, 1918 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Christian Rohlfs, Red House in Dinkelsbühl, 1921 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Christian Rohlfs, Two Dancers (Witches' Dance), c. 1913 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Conrad Felixmüller, Myself. Drawing (Self Portrait with Nude), 1924 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|©Bildrecht, Wien 2015
  • Emil Nolde, Flower Garden. Woman in White Dress en face, 1908 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|©Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
  • Emil Nolde, Mother and Child (Gypsies), 1921 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|© Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Nudes in Studio, 1912 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 197
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bathers (Fehmarn), 1912 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Portrait of Erich Heckel, 1910 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Portrait of Emmi Frisch, 1908 © Leopold, Private Collection
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Boats on the Water (Boats at the Harbour), 1913 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|© Bildrecht, Wien 2015
  • Otto Mueller, Girls at the Water, c. 1926 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen|© Bildrecht, Wien 2015
  • Wassily Kandinsky, Small Worlds X, 1922 © Courtesy of Osthaus Museum Hagen & Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen

A RUSH OF COLOR

Masterpieces of German Expressionism

9th October to 11th January 2016

For its large-scale exhibition in the autumn of 2015, the Leopold Museum will present outstanding masterpieces of German Expressionism from the collection of the Osthaus Museum in Hagen. Works by representatives of the artists’ association “Die Brücke”, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, by exponents of the “Blaue Reiter” movement, such as Alexey von Jawlensky, Franz Marc and others, as well as numerous works by Christian Rohlfs illustrate the German avant-garde’s departure into Modernism.

From 1905 a group of young German artists ventured into Modernism. Their powerful, expressive and entirely new pictorial language expressed their individual attitude towards life. Using radically subjective pictorial formulas and colors of unique intensity, the “Expressionists” laid a foundation for the modern understanding of artists in society.

The distortion of shapes, the over-emphasized contours, the radical reductions to leave only essential features and the highly idiosyncratic interpretation of perspective so characteristic of these artists provoked middle-class audiences and rattled the traditional concept of art. Their longing to revert back to primal elements inspired the Expressionists to create veritable fireworks of color.

The Osthaus Museum situated in the Westphalian industrial town of Hagen dates back to the German industrialist Karl Ernst Osthaus (1874-1921). Until 1921 it was home to the famous Folkwang Museum, before the entire collection was sold to Essen by the heirs of the museum founder.

Subsequently, a new and comprehensive collection of modern art was established in Hagen, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and contemporary art. The exhibition at the Leopold Museum will feature a selection of approximately 30 paintings and 80 works on paper by all the main exponents of German Expressionism, including the representatives of the artists’ association “Die Brücke” Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, as well as of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München and the “Blaue Reiter” Gabriele Münter, Alexej von Jawlensky and Franz Marc.

The exhibition is complemented by a selection of Expressionist works from the collection of the Leopold Museum and the Leopold Private Collection.

 

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