Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin were pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s and are being featured for the first time in a major UK exhibition devoted to their work.
This exhibition Making Modernism at the Royal Academy from 12 November 2022 to 12 February 2023 will introduce their work which has been celebrated in their native homelands but is less well known outside Germany.
Alongside other women artists, Erma Bossi, Ottilie Reylaender and Jacoba van Heemskerk, the exhibition reframes subjects such as self-portraiture, still-life, the female body, depictions of childhood, landscapes and urban scenes through the experiences and perspectives of these ground-breaking artists who – although less familiar than their male counterparts, such as Wassily Kandinsky – were no less central to the development of radical new approaches to art in Europe.
Ben Street, art historian, lecturer and writer, will discuss the exhibition and the individuality of each artist whilst shining a spotlight on the strong affinities between them.
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