Face to Face

Lotte Laserstein 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 aim of this exhibition is to put Laserstein’s œuvre back in the spotlight.

About the exhibition

The Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main presents a comprehensive solo exhibition with works by the painter Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993). Laserstein’s 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 builds 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 focusses on Laserstein’s artistic development. Emphasis is placed on works from the 1920s and 30s, which mark the peak of her artistic work. “Lotte Laserstein. Face to Face” is 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.

Picture: Lotte Laserstein, Russian Girl, c. 1928, Oil on panel, 32 x 23 cm, Collection of Linda Sutton and Roger Cooper, London, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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
Social Media The Städel Museum communicates the exhibition in social media with the hashtag #LotteLaserstein.

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    Russian Girl with Compact (1928)

    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Russian Girl with Compact, 1928
    Oil on panel
    31,7 x 41 cm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main Photo: Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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    Morning Toilette (1930)

    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Morning Toilette, 1930
    Oil on panel, 99,7 x 65,1 cm
    National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
    Gift of the Board of Directors
    Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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    Girl Lying on Blue (c. 1931)

    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Girl Lying on Blue, c. 1931
    Oil on paper, 69 x 93 cm
    Private collection, courtesy of DAS VERBORGENE MUSEUM, Berlin
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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    Mongolian (c. 1927)

    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Mongolian, c. 1927
    Oil on panel, 27,1 x 21,8 cm
    Private collection
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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    Self-Portrait in the Studio Friedrichsruher Straße (c. 1927)

    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Self-Portrait in the Studio Friedrichsruher Straße, c. 1927
    Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 cm
    On loan from a private collection, Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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    Boy with Kasper Puppet (1933)

    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Boy with Kasper Puppet (Wolfgang Karger), 1933
    Oil on panel, 46 x 38 cm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt
    Photo: Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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