The Berlin Years of Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938), The Rhaetian railway in snow, 1917. Collection Deutsche Bank Frankfurt. Photo: Künsthaus Zurich
The exhibition of the Berlin years of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938) is the first of its kind in Switzerland. The master of Expressionism lived in Berlin from 1911 to 1917, when he moved to Davos. The show examines the artist’s creative phase in Berlin and focuses on the dichotomy between his twin lives in the bustling capital city and on the tranquil Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, where he spent the summer months from 1912 to 1914. The contrasts between these two places of inspiration could hardly be greater. In addition to paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photographs from his time in Berlin, the exhibition also includes a representative selection of his early works from Dresden and some of the first paintings produced in Davos after 1917. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Brücke Museum Berlin.