The Hunterian offers a rare opportunity to see key works from its pioneering collection of German Expressionist prints.
The exhibition focuses on the revolutionary printmaking that emerged in Germany in the years 1906-1926 and explores artists’ responses to the social and political forces driving the German Revolution of 1918-1919.
The German Revolution or November Revolution was a period of anarchy and violence that broke out at the end of the First World War in Berlin and other big cities. Chaos continued until the establishment of the Weimar Republic in August 1919. The exhibition is timed to commemorate this turbulent period in Germany’s history and link the strong German tradition of graphic art with the social and political, sexual and moral struggles taking place at the time.
Most of the 75 works are drawn from The Hunterian’s holdings of German Expressionist art, supplemented by loans from private collections and Max Beckmann’s set of 11 lithographs, Hell, on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.
Must-see items include Die Carmagnole (1901) and Three Studies of a Woman in Mourning (1905) by Käthe Kollwitz; In the Man’s Brain by Edvard Munch (1897); Fraülein Engelhardt by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1926-27); Max Beckmann’s Adam and Eve (1917) and Pablo Picasso’s The Frugal Meal (1904). A number of the works featured in the exhibition were acquired with support from Art Fund, including Emil Nolde’s Scribes (1911) and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s Mourning Women on the Beach (1914).