150th anniversary of the artist’s birth
10 March – 5 June 2017

Renaissance, Reformation and Rebellion
in the work of Käthe Kollwitz
The special exhibition “UPRISING! Renaissance, Reformation and Rebellion in the work of von Käthe Kollwitz” will be the highlight of the jubilee programme on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth at the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne and will focus on the 1902/03-1908 graphic cycle “Bauernkrieg” (Peasants’ War).

This series of etchings is a departure towards a new period in two respects. First of all, it is a gripping account of the rebellion of disenfranchised peasants in 1524/25. It is thus a visualisation of man’s self-understanding in the early modern age which emphasises freedom and human dignity and which is also a core tenet in the Reformation and in Renaissance humanism.

In addition, this series reflects the artistic revolt of the late modern age which saw a breaking away of modern art from the academic Tradition.
Kollwitz’ pictorial language went through a process of veritable reformation during the creation of this cycle, which is evident in the numerous drafts and discarded compositions. The final artistic solutions invoke inspirations by Renaissance masters such as Dürer, Masaccio and Michelangelo as well as renowned artists of Modernism like Daumier, Manet and Rodin.

As a result of the convincing pictorial solutions that the artist achieved, she was awarded the Villa Romana Prize, created by Max Klinger, even before she finished the cycle. In 1907, Kollwitz spent some time in Florence in order to receive the award. 2017 will see the 110th anniversary of this residence.

The exhibits from the museum’s own substantial collection will be complemented by numerous works on loan from Germany and abroad and include works by artists who inspired Kollwitz in her pictorial invention.  


€ 5,00 // red. € 2,00

Opening Times 
Tue-Fri: 10am to 6pm // Sat, Sun, public holidays: 11am to 6pm
Closed Mondays

Guided group visits
For Adults: € 60,00
Weekend, public holidays: € 70,00
For Pupils / Students: € 20,00

For more informations:
+49 (0) 221 / 227 2899 
Käthe Kollwitz, Charge, Sheet 5 from the cycle "Peasants’ War" 1902/03,
Line etching, drypoint, aquatint, reservage and soft ground with the imprint of two fabrics and Ziegler’s transfer paper © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, Uprising, 1899,
Line etching, drypoint, aquatint, brush etching, sandpaper and some roulette
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/Jörg P. Anders