Widely reproduced in edition prints and publications, the serious, powerfully expressive works of the painter, sculptor and graphic artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) are immensely popular. It is all the more astonishing that large gaps still remain about the circumstances, encounters, and even entire biographical stages in the life of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
Not only does this volume introduce select exhibits of the eponymous exhibition in opulent reproductions, its wonderfully readable essays explore Kollwitz’ artistic phase of self-discovery, capture the spirit of the time, and record her remarkably liberal, emancipated attitudes and political ambitions, but also her arduous experiences. In richly illustrated essays, the authors dedicate themselves to the life Kollwitz led at Weißenburger Straße 25. They elucidate both the artist’s day-to-day existence in Prenzlauer Berg as well as her relationship to the Soviet Union – themes that have not, or have only marginally, been treated until now.