Credit: Gareth Jones

German Revolution: Expressionist prints at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Now open in Port Sunlight, Wirral, German Revolution Expressionist Prints is a powerful exhibition portraying a chaotic post-First World War Germany featuring works from some of the 20th century’s most renowned artists including Picasso, Kollwitz, Munch, Schiele and Beckmann. 
 
This monumental group of artworks presents the very different responses artists had to the turmoil of Germany’s revolution in the period 1900 to 1925. Some, such as Kokoschka, Nolde and Pechstein turned their backs on the physical destruction and looked inwards exploring human stories as an antidote to the disaster of the war. 
 
Whereas Kollwitz, with her raw and carefully observed works, encapsulated the terror, hunger and sheer misery that enveloped the city of Berlin, which had been the German world’s artistic centre. Prints by Munch, Picasso and Goya are included in the exhibition to demonstrate the influence of European artists on those working in Germany at the time.
 
Together the artists featured created radical and diverse works – some were a bid to escape the turmoil of the German revolution while others were a desperate cry for change. Even today, these visceral images still possess a universal power to stir the emotions.
 
The exhibition also looks at the range of printmaking methods used, including woodcut, lithography and etching.   
  
The exhibition is organised by The Hunterian, University of Glasgow. 
 
Book your free entry ticket online here.

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