{Germany} Käthe Kollwitz Museum

July 28, 2014

Germany

Last week, I joined my friend Diane – founder of the successful We Are Museums conference – on her museum crawl through Berlin, to visit the Käthe Kollwitz Museum.

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Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a German painter and sculptor, with much of her work focusing on the tragedy of war, personally affected by it as she was through the death of her son who fell in Flanders in 1914. The museum in Berlin, where Kollwitz spent over 50 years of her life, opened in 1986 and is one of two museums in Germany – the other being in Cologne – dedicated solely to her work.

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Alongside the permanent collection of around 200 drawings and graphic works, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum also hosts a programme of special exhibitions twice a year, focusing on related artists or themes. These usually take up just one or two floors, with the remaining floors dedicated to Kollwitz’s work. However, mark the 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, the current special exhibition takes up all four floors of the museum.

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Warning and Temptation – The pictorial worlds of war of Käthe Kollwitz and Kata Legrady 1914 – 2014 juxtaposes Kollwitz’s works with those of contemporary Hungarian artist Legrady to initiate a dialogue  on the bitter realities of war. The exhibition runs until early November, after which there will be new presentation of the permanent collection, some of which is currently in storage.

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There is also a small garden round the back of the museum with several sculptures, and right next door is the Literaturhaus, also with a beautiful garden, which houses a café, bookshop, literary events and special exhibitions.

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The Käthe Kollwith Museum Berlin is open daily from 11am to 6pm. Admission is 6 Euro, with concessions available and free entry for ICOM members. Check the museum website for up-to-date details before visiting.

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