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Lotte Laserstein
Face to Face

19 Sept 2018–17 Mar 2019

About the Exhibition

The painter Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993) first made a name for herself in the thriving art scene of the Weimar era. Her career came to an abrupt halt in 1937 when she was forced to flee Germany for Sweden, where she fell into oblivion. The Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main presented a comprehensive solo exhibition with works by Lotte Laserstein. Her oeuvre is one of the great recent art historical rediscoveries and features sensitive and compelling portraits from the final years of the Weimar Republic. The exhibition was built upon works from the collection of the Städel Museum, which in the past few years was successful in acquiring important works by the artist, including the paintings “Russian Girl with Compact” from 1928 and “Boy with Kasper Puppet (Wolfgang Karger)” from 1933. With approximately forty paintings and drawings, the exhibition focused on Laserstein’s artistic development. Emphasis was placed on works from the 1920s and 30s, which mark the peak of her artistic work. “Lotte Laserstein. Face to Face” was the artist’s first solo exhibition in Germany outside of Berlin.

An exhibition organised by the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie.

Curators: Dr. Alexander Eiling (Head of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Elena Schroll (Assistant Curator of Modern Art, Städel Museum)



Supported by
Ernst Max von Grunelius Stiftung, Rudolf-August Oetker Stiftung and Friede Springer Stiftung

With additional support from
The City of Frankfurt am Main