Lotte Laserstein. Face to Face
21 September 2019 to 19 January 2020
Following exhibitions in the Frankfurt Städel museum and the Berlinische Galerie, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel will be opening a comprehensive show of Lotte Laserstein’s work in autumn, which in recent years is regarded as a rediscovery. The focus of the exhibition in Kiel will also be on Laserstein’s Berlin years during the Weimar Republic and the artist’s emigration to Sweden. In addition to “Abend über Potsdam” (Evening over Potsdam) (1930), which is probably her best-known work, her subtle portraits of herself and others, as well as nudes with Laserstein’s typical gaze, will be on display.
The German-Swedish painter Lotte Laserstein (1898-1993) is regarded as an important example of representational painting during the Weimar Republic. She was part of the first generation of female artists to enrol at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in 1921 and quickly became a successful portrait painter. Due to her Jewish roots, working conditions deteriorated for her when the National Socialists came to power. In 1937 she eventually emigrated to Sweden, where she built up a new life as an artist and received great public recognition.
An exhibition by the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, in collaboration with the Kunsthalle zu Kiel.