With Paula Modersohn-Becker: Pioneer of Modern Art, the Bucerius Kunst Forum presents a tightly edited reconsideration of this exceptional German artist’s works, on display from 4 February–1 May 2017. In 80 works, the solo exhibition reveals the unique significance of Modersohn-Becker’s brief creative period, which took place between two radically different generations of artists, the later Impressionists and the Expressionists. The presentation offers a fresh take on the outstanding works of Modersohn-Becker thanks to a carefully curated selection of her paintings and drawings that also includes lesser-known works. Variations on the same subject are displayed and reveal how her unique pictorial language and methods developed over the course of her short artistic career. Although Modersohn-Becker’s idiosyncratic, avant-garde style was thought to be confusing and alienating during her lifetime, it is now understood as revolutionary and groundbreaking. This exhibition is the first to present the artist as a trailblazer of modernism.
The exhibition is curated by Professor Uwe M. Schneede and has been organised in cooperation with the Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Foundation in Bremen, Germany.
Paula Modersohn-Becker: Kopf eines kleinen Mädchens mit Strohhut (Detail), um 1904, Kunst- und Museumsverein Wuppertal