120508: Museum Ludwig: köln progressiv 1920 – 33 seiwert–hoerle–arntz

Museum Ludwig: köln progressiv 1920 – 33 seiwert–hoerle–arntz A humane world for all The connection between carnival and Karl Marx is not the first thought that comes to your mind when you think about Cologne. The Rhenish way of life and the ideological doctrine do not have much in common. However, the philosopher published a newspaper in Cologne and the artists, whose work is currently displayed at an exhibit in the Museum Ludwig, were Marxists and loved carnivals. Paintings and graphic prints by three significant Progressive Artists are shown at the “köln progressiv 1920 – 33. seiwert-hoerle-arntz”. Their works have an exceptional position in the art of the Weimar Republic. Together with the wood carver Gerd Arntz, the painters Franz W. Seiwert and Heinrich Hoerle founded the group at the beginning of the 20s – strongly influenced by the World War and the revolution. They stood for the values of a humane society and art should help reach this goal. The Progressives were persecuted by the Nazis and later fell into oblivion. They were rediscovered by the influence of the 1968 movement, however mainly focusing on the political aspects of their work; today this focus has shifted to their artistic values. The exhibit shows colourful, modern, nearly tactile paintings, which were created in contrast to the smooth classical techniques of the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit). This differentiated concept of painting expressed the solidarity and esteem with the working world and workers. The exhibit displays 50 paintings and 80 graphic prints from international museums, private collections, as well as the Museum Ludwig’s own collection. Museum Ludwig 50667 Cologne, Bischofsgartenstr. 1, until 15.06.08 www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig

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