Franz Marc, Creation II, 1914.
The exhibition is dedicated to one of the most hectic chapters of the history of German art. Featuring works by artists such as Kandinsky, Klee, and Nolde it provides an outline of German Modernism’s pursuit of truth and identity.
What does it mean to be German. What is true art?
In 1871 King Wilhelm of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor, and the German nation state was created. The issue of German identity was much discussed before the new state was formed, and they continued unabated after.
The discussion spread to the realm of art where the attempts at establishing a national identity also came to be about art’s nature and commitment to society. Artists wanted to reinvent art and obtain new answers to these questions: What is true art? What does art look like? What is art about?
The Birth of Modernism
The exhibition focuses on an era of German art history were Modernism is born, tracing developments on the art scene from 1890 to 1930. Emphasis is placed on central pieces of art on paper by artists who had a significant impact on the German art scene of the time, regardless of whether they are of German descent.
70 drawings and prints
The exhibition comprises more than 70 prints and drawings. Most of the exhibits hail from the Royal Collection of Graphic Art’s own collection of German art supplemented by special loans from other Danish collections.
SMK - NGD 20.04.2012 - 12.08.2012