Die Brücke (bridge) wanted to revive the field of art and break with the prevailing strict moral norms of the German Empire. The artists were inspired by the likes of Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch, their motifs including people and nature. They engaged in nude studies, painted portraits, and depicted scenes from the studio where life and art merged. After relocating to the capital, Berlin, in 1911, big city life became another focus of their work.
Die Brücke formulated manifestos, invited supporters to become members, organised their own exhibitions and tours, as well as designing their own catalogues and posters. The group disbanded in 1913, but their collaboration and marketing strategies have been inspirational for several generations of artists.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the Brücke Museum in Berlin, which has the most extensive collection of the artist group’s work. The exhibition encompasses around two hundred artworks in a variety of media – painting, woodcuts, works on paper and sculpture.
Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann, Senior Curator at Moderna Museet