German expressionism. Graphics from the collection of Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz
June 14th, 2005 – September 15th, 2005
The most important years of German expressionism are about two decades – from 1905 up to 1923. It is a period of stormy political and social changes, World War I and postwar national and revolution uprisings. Germany transformed itself from a powerful empire of Wilhelm II into the affected by great crises, Weimar Republic. Expressionism reflected atmosphere of this period.
In the collections of Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, there is a slight collection (23 works) of German expressionistic graphics. These works, because of fragile nature of paper are not presented at the expressionism hall of the International Art Collection of the Twentieth Century. Three months’ display organized in cooperation with The City of Lodz Office on the occasion of celebration of the Year of German Speaking Countries is a chance to recollect them.
Presented graphics are the works of the foremost German expressionists, such as: Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Paul Klee, Käthe Kollwitz, August Macke, Otto Mueller, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. They were created in the tenths and twenties of the last century – during a period of the greatest rise of this trend in Germany. Part of the graphics comes from publishings realized in the special editions during twenties, i.e. precious Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart, Neue Europäische Graphik series and Die Schaffenden series. Display is accompanied by an illustrated brochure with introduction and a list of works.
Exhibition is fully financed by the co-organizer – The City of Lodz Office.
Exhibition curators: Anna Saciuk – Gasowska, Paulina Kurc.