More than 30 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany during the first three decades of the 20th century.
The exhibition features powerful examples by Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and other artists associated with the two most prominent Expressionist artist groups: Die Brücke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), and several independent Expressionists. Many of these artists sought to reconnect with the natural world and drew inspiration from primitive and medieval art with bold and brightly colored works that were seen as a reaction to the fast industrialization of Germany. A group of intense psychological portraits and images of urban characters show the impact of World War I. The exhibition includes several of the BMA’s outstanding, rarely shown color woodcuts, as well as loans from private collections.