PHOTO: © Gabriele Jolowicz, Homeschooling, 2020, © Gabriele Jolowicz

Kirchner Holzschnitte // Benjamin Badock, Gabriele Jolowicz und Thomas Kilpper

In the organizer's words:

In contrast to the flood of digital images, the old medium of woodcutting has a backbone: woodcutting is powerful, clear and direct. Every cut is a decision. At the beginning of the 20th century, the expressionists celebrated it as an experimental means of expression. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) in particular, the co-founder of the artists' association Die Brücke, considered his prints to be on a par with painting. In the woodcut, many of his handmade prints are unique.

The exhibition shows around 180 top-class woodcut works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and offers a deep insight into all phases of his work. On display are impressive, sometimes large-format prints, including many complex color woodcuts. Kirchner's nudes, portraits, cityscapes and landscapes tell of the basic sensitivities of human existence, of desire, agonizing loneliness and the desire for community, of fear and violence and the longing for peace and quiet.

In their motifs and expressiveness, Kirchner's woodcuts are an inspiration for contemporary artists. The exhibition therefore also explores the here and now of the woodcut.
Benjamin Badock (*1974, Chemnitz), Gabriela Jolowicz (*1978, Salzgitter) and Thomas Kilpper (*1956, Stuttgart) devote themselves exclusively to woodcuts. In a pleasurable and critical examination of Kirchner, they develop expansive installations that are in turn receptive to Kirchner's works.

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Kunsthalle Bremen Am Wall 207 28195 Bremen

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