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Fri 30 April - Sun 29 August 2004
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was one of the most significant members of 'Die Brücke'- the artists' association founded in 1905. He is also accepted as one of the key figures of Expressionism.
For the first time in its history, the Kupferstichkabinett has devoted an entire exhibition to a wide range of items - sketches, drawings, lithographs, postcards, sculptures and illustrations - from its Kirchner collection. Through these the development of the artist can be followed: the early works made during his stay in Dresden, the years in Berlin, and the late works from his time in Switzerland.
The exclusive presentation of a previously unpublished sketchbook containing some 200 drawings and watercolours will be the exhibition's main attraction.
Thematically, Kirchner's oeuvre covers the high-spirited vitality of people in the countryside as well as the vibrant life of the big city with its vaudeville dancers and wooing prostitutes.
The experience of war had a powerful impact on Kirchner, and led him to withdraw into the mountainous landscape of Switzerland, where he was able to develop a genuine interpretation of his new environment.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a colloquium to be held in June.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin