Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln
Neumarkt 18-24 / Neumarkt Passage
+49 (0)221 227 2899
+49 (0)221 227 2602
Tue - Sun
11 am – 6 pm
First Thu each month
11 am – 8 pm
Your visit to the museum is completely spontaneous - without a time slot and proof of testing or vaccination.
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Käthe Kollwitz - Portraits in Focus
From Käthe Kollwitz’ (1867-1945) extensive work, it is above all her self portraits that have become a firm part of collective memory. Her portraits of family members and contemporaries, by contrast, are far less well-known. These works include portraits of notable politicians, fellow artists, as well as depictions of unknown men and women, usually with a working-class background. Kollwitz captures their physiognomies and postures – sometimes with sketch-like verve, sometimes in a highly elaborate fashion – using pencil or charcoal to create imposing prints, ranging from etchings and lithographs to woodcuts. Mostly not on commission, but created as a result of her interest in people, impressive character studies are transformed in often spontaneous moments.
For the first time, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln will put her portraits from the museum’s own collection at the centre of a special exhibition. The works on display will include numerous rarely shown exhibits, among them the portrait of the painter Hedwig Weiß to which Kollwitz added the note »She has left her mark on me, so I make a drawing of her.« The exhibits also include a portrait of Cläry Bartning, wife of the architect Otto Bartning. This was the artist’s last lithograph, created in 1942, of which there is an edition of only four prints.