About the exhibition

The exhibition was dedicated to one of the most hectic chapters of the history of German art. Featuring works by artists such as Kandinsky, Klee, and Nolde it provided an outline of German Modernism’s pursuit of truth and identity.

What does it mean to be German. What is true art?

In 1871 King Wilhelm of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor, and the German nation state was created. The issue of German identity was much discussed before the new state was formed, and they continued unabated after. 

The discussion spread to the realm of art where the attempts at establishing a national identity also came to be about art’s nature and commitment to society. Artists wanted to reinvent art and obtain new answers to these questions: What is true art? What does art look like? What is art about?

The Birth of Modernism

The exhibition focused on an era of German art history were Modernism was born, tracing developments on the art scene from 1890 to 1930. Emphasis was placed on central pieces of art on paper by artists who had a significant impact on the German art scene of the time, regardless of whether they were of German descent.

70 drawings and prints

The exhibition comprised more than 70 prints and drawings. Most of the exhibits hailed from the Royal Collection of Graphic Art’s own collection of German art supplemented by special loans from other Danish collections.

More about the Royal Collection of Graphic Art

Franz Marc, Creation II, 1914.

Franz Marc, Creation II, 1914.

Erich Heckel, Idyll, 1923.

© Erich Heckel, Idyll, 1923.

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