Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) is one of the most avant-garde painters of the 20th century who found artistic expression in printmaking. For this co-founder of the artists group "Brücke" (Bridge), woodcuts were the main experimental field of the new Expressionist style.
Nudes, bathers, and dance and street scenes in the vibrant metropolis of Berlin before the First World War, and a new view of people in portraits were the innovative subjects of Brücke whose work was characterized by sharp contours, and strong contrasts between black and white. In his woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs and etchings, Kirchner experimented with long neglected techniques and created a distinctive, expressive body of work. He printed each sheet himself and every print is unique due to the varied coloring. Some series contain only a few prints.
Kirchner's printed oeuvre is the most extensive in German Expressionism. The Bucerius Kunst Forum shows an overview of these works from the world famous collection of the Brücke-Museum in Berlin, which has one of the largest holdings of Kirchner's works.
In cooperation with the Brücke-Museum Berlin.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Mit Schilf werfende Badende, 1909 (Detail), aus der V. Jahresmappe der Künstlergruppe Brücke 1910, Brücke-Museum, Brücke-Museum Berlin