June 26th to October 15th in 2017
A person’s true nature always reveals itself in their friendships. Accordingly, the image we have of Käthe Kollwitz and her art can be made even sharper by exploring her relationships with colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.
Käthe Kollwitz moved in several very different circles. She made friendships through her older siblings Konrad and Julie, during her carefree student days in Berlin and above all Munich – away from her parents and her hometown of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad). At a young age, she had already met contacts and role models who would shape her own artistic path, among them figures that would remain loyal friends to her until her death. Her works of art made established masters into her advocates. Her tenure at the Berlin Secession and the Academy of Arts brought her into contact with a range of very different artists, but she preferred socializing in small groups, often with intimates.
She was open to and interested inthe friends of her sons Hans and Peter and encouraged young people in their ideas on society, politics, and education. She worked the difficult experiences and losses of the First World War and the pain caused by the death of her son Peter into powerful artistic creations that ensure her relevance even today. She constantly came into contact with a range of very different people through her campaigning for the weak and suffering, her interest in politics, and the fact that she stood up for what she believed in. She was a role model and advocate for young artists, and even at that time, collectors were seeking out her works of art.
This exhibition for the 150th birthday of Käthe Kollwitz traces exemplary selected friendships, and allows works of art, letters, photographs, and documents to tell their own story.