Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
October 3 – January 13, 2020

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Berlin Street Scene ,1913-14, Neue Galerie New York and Private Collection

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) is one of the greatest German artists of the early twentieth century. This exhibition pays tribute to Kirchner’s inventive genius with a focus on his highly individual approach to color, which he viewed as the fundamental building block to his paintings. Yet Kirchner was a multi-talented figure and his work encompassed various media – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, and even the decorative arts. Rather than accepting the traditional hierarchy that placed fine art solely at the pinnacle of an artist’s achievement, Kirchner compared his activity in these different fields to “a tightly woven, organic fabric, in which process and completion go hand in hand and one aspect drives the other on.”

 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mountain Forest, 1918-20, Kirchner Museum, Davos

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Standing Girl Caryatid, 1909-10, Neue Galerie New York and Private Collection / The Russian Dancer Mela, 1911, Private Collection

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Cattle Drive into the Alps, 1926, Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich

This exhibition demonstrates Kirchner’s seminal importance in the development of the Expressionist movement in Germany. Beginning with his years as a founding member of the artists’ group Brücke (Bridge), the show is organized chronologically, encompassing the periods that he spent in Dresden and Berlin and later in the bucolic Swiss mountainside resort of Davos. These three phases are presented in the main galleries on the third floor of the Neue Galerie, alongside a small room dedicated to his work during the war years. The exhibition continues on the second floor in the museum’s Drawings Gallery, where Kirchner’s extraordinary achievements as a printmaker are examined. In these prints, he was at his most experimental, producing art of rare beauty and strong emotional appeal.

 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Portrait of a Woman, 1911, Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Panama Dancers, 1910-11, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Portrait of Hans Frisch, ca. 1907, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Self-Portrait as a Soldier, 1915, Allen Memorial Art Museum

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, The Toilette, 1913-20, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Tightrope Walk, 1908-10

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Tower Room Fehmarn, 1913, Columbus Museum of Art Ohio

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, White House in Sertig Valley, 1926, Collection Neuberger Museum of Art Purchase, College State University of New York

In its totality, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner underscores the artist’s evolving approach to color and his uncanny ability to capture the spirit of his time. He was profoundly affected by the experience of military training during World War I. This led to a complete nervous breakdown, the effects of which he continued to suffer for the remainder of his life and which probably contributed to his suicide in June 1938 at the age of fifty-eight. His tremendous achievements were remarkable and it is our hope that his work will continue to inspire and spark dialogue.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is organized by Neue Galerie New York and co-curated by Jill Lloyd and Janis Staggs. This presentation unites paintings, decorative works, drawings, and prints, and is comprised of loans from public and private collections worldwide.

 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
October 3 – January 13, 2020 / Neue Galerie, New York
Visit the exhibition page >

Sony World Photography Awards 2024
Winners & Finalists Announced
This diverse selection of photographs in this annual award is a window to the world, revealing fascinating points of...
+
74th Berlin International Film Festival
February 15–25, 2024
The Berlinale is a place for dialogue and the exchanging of ideas. The international situation once again prompts us...
+
30 Under 30 Women Photographers / 2024
Selections Announced
Artpil proudly announces the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2024. For its 15th Edition, this annual selection continues to...
+
BAM Winter/Spring 2024
Jan 15 – Jun 9, 2024
Experience the power of artistic community with BAM’s program. As bands play, dancers whirl, voices raise, and audience members...
+
Nan Goldin: This Will Not End Well
Various Engagements / 2023–2026
Nan Goldin is known not only for her talent and visionary career, but also for her uncompromising social commitment....
+
Edition Block 1966–2022
Feb 10, 2023 – Feb 25, 2024
Since the 1960s, René Block has been a key figure in the European art world, his gallery helping to...
+
WAR, and the Declaration of Human Rights
75 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
+
Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective
Oct 27, 2023 – Feb 18, 2024
The German-American artist Lyonel Feininger is a classic protagonist of modern art. The Schirn Kunsthalle is dedicating an extensive...
+
Sony World Photography Awards 2024
Winners & Finalists Announced
This diverse selection of photographs in this annual award is a window to the world, revealing fascinating points of...
+
74th Berlin International Film Festival
February 15–25, 2024
The Berlinale is a place for dialogue and the exchanging of ideas. The international situation once again prompts us...
+
30 Under 30 Women Photographers / 2024
Selections Announced
For its 15th Edition, Artpil proudly announces the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers for 2024.
+
BAM Winter/Spring 2024
Jan 15 – Jun 9, 2024
Experience the power of artistic community with BAM’s program. As bands play, dancers whirl, voices raise, and audience members...
+
Nan Goldin: This Will Not End Well
Various Engagements / 2023–2026
Nan Goldin is known not only for her talent and visionary career, but also for her uncompromising social commitment....
+
Edition Block 1966–2022
Feb 10, 2023 – Feb 25, 2024
Since the 1960s, René Block has been a key figure in the European art world, his gallery helping to shape art history.
+
WAR, and the Declaration of Human Rights
75 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
+
Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective
Oct 27, 2023 – Feb 18, 2024
The German-American artist Lyonel Feininger is a classic protagonist of modern art. The Schirn Kunsthalle is dedicating an extensive...
+
  • Gego. Measuring Infinity
    Jul 11, 2023 – Apr 2, 2024
    Guggenheim
    Bilbao, Spain

    The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Gego. Measuring Infinity, a major retrospective offering a fully integrated view of the work by German-Venezuelan artist Gertrud Goldschmidt (b. 1912, Hamburg; d. 1994, Caracas), also known as Gego, and her distinctive approach to the language of abstraction. Arranged chronologically and thematically, the exhibition examines the artist’s formal and conceptual contributions through her organic forms, linear structures, and modular abstractions. (more…)