Graphics of Expressionism
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"Everyone belongs to us, who directly and freely expresses what urges him to create." – Programmatically, at the beginnings of Expressionism, a woodcut stands. In 1906, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, as one of the driving forces of the Bridge (1905), printed the program of the artist group as a graphic sheet. In the material and technical conditions of graphics, artists of Expressionism found ideal conditions for their demands and demands on a new conception of art. By means of expressive lines and reduced surfaces, the graphics thus shaped the artistic work of an entire generation of artists.
Beyond the large-format, colour-intensive paintings of Expressionism, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the expressiveness of impressive works of art by artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Hermann Scherer, Albert Müller, Paul Camenisch and Werner Neuhaus in lithographs, etchings and woodcuts.
Thematically, the works revolve around the spectrum of human existence between big city life and natural idyll, showing parks and cafés, vaudeville and dance as well as landscapes, railway accidents and scenes of the night. In their immediacy, expressive portrait depictions confront the viewer. While the motif of Baden women reflects the intimacy of the format, massive mountain worlds testify to the influence that Switzerland had as a reference point in the art landscape of the time.
The occasion for the presentation of the collection is the parallel opening exhibition "Hermann Scherer. Notches and edges" (18.06 – 25.09.2022).
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