The world's largest Kollwitz collection
The Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne was founded in 1985 by the Kreissparkasse Cologne and is the very first museum dedicated to the artist. Since 1989, it resides on the upper storey of the Neumarkt Passage in specially constructed rooms with 1,000 m2 exhibition space and a forum for cultural events.
The continuously and systematically expanding collection is now considered the internationally largest inventory of this prominent artist of the twentieth century. A particular emphasis is upon drawings from all periods of her artistic career, including early pastels and charcoal drawings for the satirical magazine ‘Simplicissimus’, studies which reveal the creative process of important graphic works, as well as some of the most beautiful and expressive drawings of the later years, when Käthe Kollwitz was preoccupied above all with the theme of death.
Moreover, the collection possesses all known posters, some extremely rare, which Käthe Kollwitz, true to her maxim ‘I would like to exert influence in these times’, created in the 1920s against war and for social justice, humanity and peace.
The artist’s sculptural work – to the extent available for a museum – is fully represented in the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne: fifteen bronze sculptures, predominantly especially beautiful, early casts. Together with the copy of the two mourning parent figures in the ruins of the St. Alban Church and the Levy grave relief in the Jewish cemetery in Bocklemünd, Cologne presents a unique opportunity for experiencing the artist’s complete sculptural works.
Alongside the permanent exhibition of works from the museum’s own collection, there are temporary exhibitions focusing on individual aspects of her work or on the genesis of individual prints.
In addition, the museum presents special monographic exhibitions which relate to the work of Käthe Kollwitz. In recent years, these have included, among others, William Hogarth, Goya, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Ernst Barlach, Otto Dix, Henry Moore, Picasso or also contemporary artists. Further exhibitions explore thematic or historical contexts or focus upon artistic techniques.
In 2010 the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding with the exhibition ‘“Paris cast a spell on me …” – Käthe Kollwitz and the French modernism’ about the studies of the artist in Paris accompanied by a comprehensive monograph with the latest research results to date.
On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the museum will be presenting Käthe Kollwitz’ sculptural work in plaster, stucco, bronze and zinc. The comprehensive exhibition ‘Gussgeschichte(n)’ with works on loan from Germany and abroad is based on extensive research for the first catalogue raisonné of Kollwitz’ sculptures. This monograph is a milestone in Kollwitz research and provides an in-depth look into the genesis and reproduction of her threedimensional work.
Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln
Neumarkt 18 - 24 / Neumarkt Passage
+ 49 (0) 221 / 227-2899
Tue-Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. / Sat, Sun an holidays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5,00 € / concessions 2,00 €
Underground from central station, lines 16+18 to Neumarkt
From central station via Hohe Straße and Schildergasse: approx. 15 minutes
Born July 8 in Königsberg (East Prussia)
Studies at the Women’s Art College in Berlin and Munich
Marries the GP Dr. Karl Kollwitz, who opens a practice in the north of Berlin
Birth of son Hans
Birth of son Peter
Breakthrough to public recognition with the graphic cycle ‘The Weavers’ Revolt’ (1893–1897), inspired by Gerhart Hauptmann’s play ‘The Weavers’. Teaches for five years at the Berlin Women’s Art College
1901 and 1904
Studies in Paris
Studies for several months at the Villa Romana in Florence
‘Peasants’ War’ cycle (1902–1908) appears as a gift to its members from the ‘Union for Historical Art’
First experiments in sculpture
Her son Peter killed in battle in Flanders
Accepted as first woman in the Prussian Academy of Arts, at the same time receiving the title Professor
Posters and pamphlets against war, hunger and social deprivation
Woodcut series ‘War’ (1921/22) appears
Leads the ‘Master Class for Graphics’ at the Academy of Arts
Receives the order ‘Pour le Mérite’ from the Academy of Sciences and Arts
Completion of years of work on the two mourning parent figures, a memorial for her son Peter, erected in the Military Cemetery at Roggevelde in Belgium
After Hitler’s assumption of power, exclusion from the Prussian Academy of Arts due to her signing the ‘Urgent Appeal’
Work on the series of lithographs ‘Death’, smaller sculptures and reliefs
Death of Karl Kollwitz
erial bombardment destroys her Berlin apartment and numerous works
Käthe Kollwitz dies April 22 in Moritzburg near Dresden