With Paula Modersohn-Becker: Pioneer of Modern Art, the Bucerius Kunst Forum presents a tightly edited reconsideration of this exceptional German artist’s works, on display from 4 February–1 May 2017. In 80 works, the solo exhibition reveals the unique significance of Modersohn-Becker’s brief creative period, which took place between two radically different generations of artists, the later Impressionists and the Expressionists. The presentation offers a fresh take on the outstanding works of Modersohn-Becker thanks to a carefully curated selection of her paintings and drawings that also includes lesser-known works. Variations on the same subject are displayed and reveal how her unique pictorial language and methods developed over the course of her short artistic career. Although Modersohn-Becker’s idiosyncratic, avant-garde style was thought to be confusing and alienating during her lifetime, it is now understood as revolutionary and groundbreaking. This exhibition is the first to present the artist as a trailblazer of modernism and marks the first in the Modern Art Trilogy at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in 2017 and 2018.
The exhibition is curated by Professor Uwe M. Schneede and has been organised in cooperation with the Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Foundation in Bremen, Germany.