“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.

 

Curator

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