Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies

Ahmanson Building, Level 2
May 8, 2008–September 7, 2008

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was among the founders of German expressionism, and one of the most original printmakers of the twentieth century. A selection of more than forty prints and fifteen books shows his progression from Jugendstil (the German equivalent to art nouveau) to expressionism, and demonstrates his fascination with the contrast of the natural and the artificial that is so endemic to modern life. Kirchner and his colleagues in the first expressionist group, Die Brücke (The Bridge), received training in the decorative arts, and a selection of related objects by influential designers Peter Behrens, Bruno Paul, and Richard Riemerschmid will be on view along with relevant posters. This exhibition also explores how objects from African and Oceanic cultures played an essential role in the new direction taken by German expressionism.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is curated by Timothy O. Benson, Rifkind Center, and organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Image: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Plakat Nina Hard (Poster of Nina Hard), 1921, Woodcut printed in black, blue and red on thin brownish wove paper, Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, M.82.288.127.