“Too good to be true“ Das Junge Rheinland

24 February 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the artist group Das Junge Rheinland.

7 February –  2 June 2019

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24 February 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the artist group Das Junge Rheinland. Presenting a major exhibition, the Kunstpalast commemorates this association, which formed in 1919 and was active until it was banned in 1933. Das Junge Rheinland encompassed c. 400 artists, many of whom were from Düsseldorf or its vicinity. Painters, graphic artists, sculptors, designers, architects, poets and actors joined forces with the aim to provide a valuable forum for the arts scene after the lost war, as well as to promote networking with artists of other regions in Germany and Europe. Max Ernst, a temporary member of the group, recalled the shared “thirst for life, poetry, for freedom, the absolute, for knowledge” as being “too good to be true.”

The presentation focuses on works by 12 artists who can be regarded as exemplary of the group’s character: Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Wilhelm Kreis, Carl Lauterbach, Heinrich Nauen, Lotte B. Prechner, Karl Schwesig, Adolf Uzarski, Erwin Wendt, Walter von Wecus, Gert H. Wollheim and Marta Worringer.



Kay Heymer mit Daniel Cremer

Sponsored by

Gerda Henkel Stiftung
E.ON, Kulturstiftung der Länder, Stiftung Kunst Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West und der Landschaftsverband Rheinland

Gert H. Wollheim | Abschied von Düsseldorf, 1924, Öl auf Leinwand, 160 × 185 cm, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Foto: © Kunstpalast - Horst Kolberg – ARTOTHEK/ Jutta Osterhof/Nachlass des Künstlers

70 min., in German, 3 €

Including interactive chats on selected works, free of charge, in German

Accompanying children’s booklet
For children from 5 years, free of charge, in German

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue comprising 280 pages and more than 250 images, published by Wienand Verlag, with texts by Daniel Cremer, Kay Heymer, Anne Rodler, Jens-Henning Ullner, Andrea von Hülsen-Esch and Carolin Wurzbacher.

Museum editition: approx. 29.80 €; retail edition: approx. 39.80 €

Social Media
The Kunstpalast posts updates of the exhibition on social media platforms using the hashtag #JungesRheinlandKunstpalast

Erwin Wendt | Hup, 1928, Collage, 50 × 35,1 cm, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Nachlass Erwin Wendt, Foto: Kunstpalast - Horst Kolberg – ARTOTHEK

Karl Schwesig | Selbstbildnis im Karneval, 1930, Öl auf Leinwand, 134 × 114 cm, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Nachlass Karl Schwesig / Galerie Remmert und Barth, Foto: Kunstpalast – ARTOTHEK