Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions 2019

Rudolf Jahns, Frühling, 1927 Sprengel Museum Hannover, Foto: Herling/Herling © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Rudolf Jahns, Frühling, 1927 Sprengel Museum Hannover, Foto: Herling/Herling © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Intuition. Rudolf Jahns

20 July to 1 September 2019

From 20 July to 1 September 2019, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel is showing 34 works by the artist Rudolf Jahns (1896-1983). The painter and graphic artist was a co-founder of the group “die abstrakten hannover” and is one of the pioneers of Constructivism in Germany. The works in the exhibition date from the years 1919 to 1967. Despite the historical upheavals during his lifetime, it was primarily Jahns’ intuition that enabled him to pursue a consistent artistic path. The exhibition will show his experiments with reduced forms as well as abstract landscapes and nudes. Examples of his reliefs, drawings, paintings as well as lyrical works will be included, demonstrating the breadth of this rarely exhibited artist.

A generous donation from the Rudolf Jahns Foundation at the end of 2018 has made this exhibition possible. Loans from the Sprengel Museum Hannover as well as existing holdings from the Kunsthalle collection complete the presentation. The exhibition was conceived as part of a volunteer programme sponsored by the Rudolf Jahns Foundation and awarded to the Kunsthalle zu Kiel in 2018.

Richard Paul Lohse, Vier verschränkte Farbgruppen, 1952/1969 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Martin Frommhagen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Richard Paul Lohse, Vier verschränkte Farbgruppen, 1952/1969 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Martin Frommhagen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Geometry and Gesture: Abstract Art from the Collection

20 July to 1 September 2019

Geometry and Gesture: Abstract Art from the Collection”, is a presentation of a new range of themes from within the Kunsthalle’s current presentation “Forays through the Collection - from Expressionism to Love”. In the special exhibition area, 25 abstract works (including paintings, sculptures and objects) will be shown from the museum’s holdings. The two major movements of non-representational post-war art – geometric and gestural abstraction - form a focal point of the collection.

Lotte Laserstein, Abend über Potsdam, 1930 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, erworben mit Unterstützung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, der Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, der Kulturstiftung der Länder, der Ernst von Siemens Kulturstiftung und anderer Bild: bpk/ Nationalgalerie, SMB/ Roman März © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Lotte Laserstein, Abend über Potsdam, 1930 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, erworben mit Unterstützung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, der Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, der Kulturstiftung der Länder, der Ernst von Siemens Kulturstiftung und anderer Bild: bpk/ Nationalgalerie, SMB/ Roman März © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
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 one of the first women 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 in cooperation with the Kunsthalle zu Kiel.