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Art Exhibition, Sat 30 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018, free entry


Kathe Kollwitz

Kathe Kollwitz


Featuring 36 works from the British Museum’s collection, and two works from a private lender, this exhibition explores the work of Käthe Kollwitz through her self-portraits and portraits of working women, demonstrating her unique artistic talent, her technical prowess and intelligence, and above all, her humanity.

Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

She lived an intensely examined life, expressed in her numerous self-portraits, diaries and correspondence. At the core of this existence was her work as an artist and a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War.

Establishing herself in an art world dominated by men, Kollwitz developed a vision centred on women and the working class. Her two great series concerned with social injustice: Ein Weberaufstand (A Weavers’ Revolt, completed in 1897) and Bauernkrieg (Peasants’ War completed in 1908) demonstrate an ever-present imagery of death, especially a mother’s grief, and finally the theme of war and remembrance after her younger son, Peter, had been killed at the beginning of the First World War.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 30 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 12 May - Sun 29 Jul Clangers Bagpuss and Co
Sat 28 Apr - Sun 29 Jul Masterpieces in Focus from the Royal Collection
Sat 17 Mar - Mon 31 Dec A Silent Conversation: Lorenzetti and the Ferens C
Sat 12 May - Sun 29 Jul Clangers, Bagpuss & Co - Organised by the V&A Muse
Sat 30 Jun - Sun 30 Sep Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
Sat 20 Oct - Sun 13 Jan Ian McKeever (b 1946)



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