Upcoming Exhibitions 2017
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS 2017
Gustav Wimmer: Pictures with no Name
23.09.2017 – 28.01.2018
Gustav Wimmer (1877-1964) is a rarely exhibited artist whose work is largely unknown – for all that his landscapes and portraits are readily recognisable. His nebulous painting technique and the tonalities of his work – either very bright or very dark – quite often create an impression of complete motionlessness and eerie silence. It is said Wimmer did not believe in mysteries, yet he produced mysterious paintings. The artist did not give his works fixed titles; instead he produced pictures with no name.
Gustav Wimmer was from Stettin (now Szczecin), and studied at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. After World War II, he lived initially in East Frisia, and later spent the rest of his life in Kiel.
In recent years, the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein (Fine Arts Society of Schleswig-Holstein) has received gifts of seventeen works by Gustav Wimmer. Our exhibition combines these works with loans from private owners and the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald.
Nolde and Die Brücke
Novmber 18th, 2017 to April 2nd, 2018
Emil Nolde is one of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century. The group of artists known as Die Brücke formed in 1905 in Dresden, consisting of Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. They were among the most important representatives of Expressionism. These young men in their early twenties were enthusiastic about Emil Nolde’s “storms of colour” – a painter who was almost a generation older – and offered him membership of their group in February 1906. Subsequently, an artistic exchange took place between them. The group’s painting style was inspired by Nolde, who in turn was inspired by the woodcut, which was a domain of Die Brücke artists. However, Nolde, who “liked so much to keep his wings free”, separated from Die Brücke in November 1907. Nevertheless, the artistic echo of their joint period influenced the artists involved for years to follow.
In this exhibition together with the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel dedicates itself to this important chapter of German art history.
Central works of Die Brücke artists and Emil Nolde are accompanied by documents from various archives that paint a picture of the period and its artistic debate as well as vividly conveying the role of Emil Nolde’s wife Ada.
The exhibition, with participation from numerous museums and private lenders, will be carried out with the support of the Brücke Museum in Berlin and the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll.