Ernst Ludwig


23 April to 8 August 2010

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), founding member of the artists’ group “Brücke” and one of the most important representatives of Expressionism, exerted a formative influence on Classical Modern art. The Städel Museum paid tribute to the oeuvre of this painter, graphic artist and sculptor by assembling 170 of his works in the first Kirchner retrospective to take place in Germany for thirty years.

“I am amazed by the power of my pictures in the Städel”, Kirchner noted in his diary on 21 December 1925. His relationship to the Städel and Frankfurt were close. Not only did one of the very first Kirchner exhibitions take place in Frankfurt in 1916; in 1919 the Städel was also the first museum ever to purchase a painting by this artist. For the show, the museum’s own Kirchner collection – among the most prominent in the world due to the numerous major works it encompasses – was enhanced by examples from every stage of the artist’s career. His paintings and works on paper were placed side by side with his sculptures and crafts objects to convey the multi-faceted character of his oeuvre.

CURATOR: Dr. Felix Krämer, Städel Museum
MADE POSSIBLE BY: Gemeinnützige Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH
SPONSORED BY: Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Roman Norbert Ketterer Stiftung