Käthe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I

May 3, 2014 to November 16, 2014 | Level 2

Käthe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I contemplates the life and work of the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). For Germans born in the second half of the 19th century, life was in a constant state of chaos with the approach of World War I followed by the destruction of World War II. The impact of these grave events became the inspiration for Kollwitz’s artwork. This installation, drawn from the DMA’s collection, explores some of the artist’s works surrounding World War I, as well as her artistic reactions to World War II. Her lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints are also accompanied by works by Ernst Barlach, Max Pechstein, and Max Pollak. 

Focus Installation, Admission is FREE   

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