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In the network of modernism

In the network of modernism. Kirchner, Braque, Kandinsky, Klee ... Richter, Bacon, Altenbourg and their critic Will Grohmann

Outline:
There can hardly be any German art commentator, critic and curator who, between 1918 and 1968, had such a strong influence on the reception of contemporary art from Expressionism to Art Informel than Will Grohmann (1887–1968). He was in close contact with artists from Brücke to Bauhaus and wrote monographs on 20th-century artists (including Klee, Kandinsky, Kirchner and Baumeister) that are still regarded as standard works. As a curator of important exhibitions, he played a significant role in drawing international attention to the avant-garde.

As an art commentator and critic, curator and networker who was initially based in Dresden and from 1948 in Berlin, Will Grohmann (1887–1968) devoted his life – with an intensity that has hitherto not been adequately described and appreciated – to the defence and promotion of contemporary art from Expressionism to Art Informel.

To mark the 125th anniversary of his birth, an exhibition commemorating his work is to take place in his native city of Dresden in 2012.

Project executing institution:
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Project funding:
Ferdinand-Möller-Stiftung Berlin

Project manager:
Dr. Konstanze Rudert

Contact:
Konstanze.Rudert@skd.museum

Project partners:
TU Dresden, Faculty of Informatics and Institute for Art and Music Studies  
University of Leipzig – Institute of Art History

Project duration :
2009-2013 

Exhibition:
The exhibition took place at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau on 26 September 2012 until 6 January 2013.