Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz Beyond the Borders of Existance

October 6 to November 29, 2015

The Exhibition is being organised collaboratively by the Ernst Barlach Gesellschaft Hamburg and the Modern Gallery in Zagreb

In a retrospectively conceived exhibition of sculptures, drawings and prints of two of the most important German Expressionist artists from the beginning of the last century, Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz, the Modern Gallery will be marking its 110th anniversary of continuous work on the promotion of national and the presentation of world fine arts.

The exhibition is being organised collaboratively by the Ernst Barlach Gesellschaft Hamburg and the Modern Gallery in Zagreb, thanks to the Ernst Barlach Lizenzverwaltung Ratzeburg, Ernst Barlach Museen in Wedel and Ratzeburg and private lenders.

This international artistic hit which is displayed in Zagreb’s Modern Gallery under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, is being produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb, the Tourist Office of the City of Zagreb, Privredna banka Zagreb, main Sponsor of the Modern Gallery, Embassy of Germany in Zagreb and the Außenministerium der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

The Expressionist work of Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz was generated under the powerful impact of the drama of World War I and the misery of the post-war period, and the sense for human suffering is inherent to their moving sculptures, drawings and graphics.  The set up in the Modern Gallery in ten rooms of the grand first floor of the Vranyczany Palace will bring together around sixty  sculptures  and more than a hundred graphics and drawings mirroring the stirring forty-year-long dialogue of the two artists, and will prompt visitors to raise questions and search for aspects of the present in the works on view. The context of the exhibition is the global catastrophe of World War I and references to the modern age reflected in the works of these two artists, who are completely bound up in the problems of existence. What makes them both outstanding and contemporary is their uncompromising endorsement of humanist values and the promotion of philanthropy in their work and in their life paths, which for Barlach came to an end in Güstrow in 1938 and for Kollwitz in Moritzburg near Dresden in 1945.

 

Foto : Goran Vranić

 

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