Käthe Kollwitz Museum (Berlin)
museum in Berlin
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The Käthe Kollwitz Museum is a museum in Berlin that owns one of the largest collections of works by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), who lived and worked in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg for over 50 years.The museum opened in 1986, and traces its origins to the art collector Hans Pels-Leusden (d.1993). Pels-Leusden had been collecting the artist's works since 1950, and created his first Kollwitz exhibition in 1965. He endowed 95 printed graphics, 40 drawings and 10 original posters to the museum.
The museum now owns over 200 works, including prints, drawings, posters, sculptures and woodcuts. Highlights include the lithograph Brot! (1924), the self-portraits, the woodcut cycle Krieg (1922/23), works on the theme of death, and a woodcut in remembrance of Karl Liebknecht (1919/1920). The upper floor contains a 2.1-metre-high sculpture of Kollwitz by Gustav Seitz.
There are special exhibitions roughly twice a year.The museum is located on Fasanenstraße, in a villa from 1871 featuring late-classicist modifications from 1897. The building was partly destroyed during the Second World War, and not fully restored until the 1980s. It now forms part of the so-called Wintergartenensemble, together with the nearby Literaturhaus Berlin (including the Café Wintergarten) and the Villa Grisebach.
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Das seit 1986 bestehende Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum in der Fasanenstraße 24 im Berliner Ortsteil Charlottenburg ist aus der privaten Sammlung des 1993 verstorbenen Malers, Galeristen und Kunstsammlers Hans Pels-Leusden hervorgegangen.
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Käthe Kollwitz's reputation as a social activist who used art as a means to express her support of pacifism was hard-won. Her son was killed in the World War I, after which her art took a turn for the morose. When her grandson was killed in World War II, her art became even darker and more brooding as she contemplated the huge loss of life Germany had suffered. Her own losses and those of the nation affected her art. After the war, ever-present artistic themes for Kollwitz - death, violence, war, misery, guilt and suffering - took shape as the drawings, prints, sculptures, original posters and woodcuts housed in this museum.