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Making Modernism

12 November 2022 to 12 February 2023 Royal Academy of Arts

www.royalacademy.org.uk Paula Modersohn-Becker, Still-life with Goldfish Bowl,1906.
Making Modernism is the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin.

The exhibition reframes subjects such as self-portraiture, still-life, the female body, depictions of childhood, landscapes and urban scenes through the experiences and perspectives of these ground-breaking artists who – although less familiar than their male counterparts, such as Wassily Kandinsky – were no less central to the development of radical new approaches to art in Europe.

Bringing together 65 works, many never seen in the UK before, Making Modernism foregrounds the individuality of each artist whilst shining a spotlight on the strong affinities between them. Combining impressive, bold and intimately-scaled works, this exhibition explores themes of identity, representation and belonging – all powerfully relevant today.

★★★★ "Four superb and rarely-seen talents" — Evening Standard ★★★★

Related events include:

Curator talk: Making Modernism, Friday 18 November 2022

Exhibition curator Professor Dorothy Price offers an enlightening, alternative view on German modernity in the early 20th century. Focusing on selected artworks by Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter, Marianne Werefkin and their peers, Price explores what it meant for the women artists working in the first few decades of 20th century Germany to ‘make modernism’.

Chantal Joffe RA and Prof. Dorothy Price in conversation, Wednesday 23 November 2022, 6.30 — 7.30pm

In this conversation, Chantal Joffe and Dorothy Price discuss the artists featured in our Making Modernism exhibition, talk about Joffe’s own practice, and consider what it means to be a woman artist. Joffe and Price connected over their shared admiration for the women artists who were central to the development of modernism in Europe in the early 20th century.

Exploring the modern, Weekend art history, 26 November 2022, 10am — 5pm, 27 November 2022, 10am — 5pm

Join art historian Ben Street to explore the wide-ranging movement of modernism, as well as uncovering its lesser-known stories through a variety of expert-led talks and discussions. This two-day course will open out the contexts of this exhibition by thinking more broadly about the untold stories of modernism. By doing so, what might sometimes seem a well-trodden period of art history will reveal hidden gems, reminding us that history is an active process, open for discovery.

Making a portrait, Weekend art making course, 3 December 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm, 4 December 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Join artist Sharon Brindle and learn to paint portraits from life, inspired by the intimate portraits in our ‘Making Modernism’ exhibition. In this course, participants will develop their understanding of form, composition, light and colour in relation to portraiture. With Sharon’s guidance you will work from live models, firstly learning to draw out form, before moving on to explore different mediums, including pastels, gouache and oils.

Family Studio: Dress to Impress, Workshops for families, 11 December 2022, 11am — 1pm & 2 – 4pm. Invent characters and bring them to life through costume.

Women’s journeys in the city and beyond, Panel discussion, Wednesday 25 January 2023,6.30 — 8pm

Inspired by the ‘Making Modernism’ exhibition, speakers come together for a discussion on women’s experiences of city and countryside. This discussion will talk about how an increased mobility changed the way women artists interacted with the world and the work they produced.

A history of German art: from Dürer to Kiefer, Weekend art history course, 28 January 2023, 10am — 5pm, 29 January 2023, 10am — 5pm.

This course explores the whole breadth of the history of art in Germany since the Northern Renaissance. The course begins with the art and inspirations of Albrecht Dürer and the artists of the German Renaissance. The course will  give an insight into the various groups creating art at the beginning of the century in Germany: from Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter through to Neue Sachlickeit and Dadaism; and the effect of Nazism on the arts.

Further Information Making Modernism | Exhibition | Royal Academy of Arts

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