Two Artists, Two Lives - Berta Hummel and Käthe Kollwitz
September 29, 2012 to January 20, 2013

One of the main guidelines of our museum is to support effective, long-lasting and modern cultural activities in our society. This time we have been able to culturally connect Cologne, Massing and Tegernsee. Thanks to Sandra Wiedemann, the extremely competent director of the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee, we will be able to present a comprehensive collective of the works of Käthe Kollwitz in our museum from September 2012 to January 2013. The exhibition will then be moved to the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee. Fifty of her artistic works covering a period of over forty years will be shown.

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) observed the world realistically and with eyes wide open and she possessed the ability to transfer this reality into her art both boldly and with great insight. Her works can be seen as critical artistic accusations, calling for peace in a manner that can still be heard today. She was raised in a liberal middle-class family. Her training took her from the academy in Königsberg to the Munich School of Art, where she was influenced strongly by Fritz Ude and Max Liebermann. After being exposed to the hardship and poverty in north Berlin, she began her first works that were critical of social inequalities. "Ein Weberaufstand" (protesting weavers) was her first attempt and she immediately made a name for herself in the artistic world. (This remained her most famous work throughout her lifetime.)

Käthe Kollwitz and Berta Hummel are the most famous German artists of the 20th century. That alone is reason enough to bring the two together.

M.I. Hummel - a name known world-wide in the field of porcelain figurines. In the 1930's the "Hummel Children" began their successful development and have remained a part of the lives of generations of children since then. For many years the artist Berta Hummel remained hidden behind the porcelain figurines. However the works she completed in her lifetime - many of them from her university years in Munich where she still signed them with her own name "Berta Hummel" are many in number, including landscapes, flowers in exquisite colors, detailed street scenes, nude drawings, portraits and fascinating caricatures. Her life stotry is both a success story and a tragedy.

This exhibition will show a smaller selection of her works during her lifetime. The selection is a bit smaller as the 50 large pictures by Käthe Kollwitz will need a great deal of the room in our museum. In 2012, however, there will be an exhibition with works exclusively by Berta Hummel, including the nearly 100 new works acquired by the museum since its founding in 1994.

Zwei Frauen, Zwei Leben - Berta Hummel
Zwei Frauen, Zwei Leben - Käthe Kollwitz