Five people sit at a table

Lotte Laserstein, Evening over Potsdam, 1930 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie © Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023

Lotte Laserstein

A Divided Life

11.11 2023 – 14.4 2024

Stockholm

“A Divided Life” is the most extensive exhibition of work by the groundbreaking German-Swedish artist Lotte Laserstein to date in the Nordic Region. Following its success in Malmö, the exhibition is now on view at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

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Audio guide

Get in-depht knowledge about selected works in the exhibition. The texts in the audio guide are written by the curators Iris Müller-Westermann and Anna-Carola Krausse.

Lotte Laserstein – A Divided Life: Audio guide

Guided tours

Join us for a guided tour of “Lotte Laserstein – A Divided Life”.

The tour lasts for about 45 minutes. Admission ticket to the museum is required.

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Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993) is one of the art world’s most exciting recent rediscoveries. Exhibitions of her work in Germany have attracted broad audiences eager to explore this long-forgotten artist and have established a place for her in the history of twentieth-century art. However, these shows focused primarily on Laserstein’s work from the 1920s to the beginning of the 1930s – the period before she was forced to leave Germany and emigrate to Sweden.

“A Divided Life” focuses as much on the multifaceted works she created in exile in Sweden as it does on those she made before leaving Germany.

A self-portrait where the artist holds a cat while painting.
Lotte Laserstein, Selbstporträt mit Katze, 1928 © Leicester Museums & Galleries/Bridgeman Images/TT Photo: © Leicester Museums & Galleries/Bridgeman Images/TT Bildupphovsrätt 2023
painting with five persons
Lotte Laserstein, Evening Conversation, 1948 Photo: Lotte Laserstein Archiv Krausse, Berlin © Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023

Lotte Laserstein described her life and her career with the words: “My escape to Sweden broke my life in two.” This division has shaped the structure of the exhibition.

“Through Lotte Laserstein’s representational commissioned portraits, expressive self-portraits, moving depictions of other immigrants, and landscapes and urban scenes, it is possible to discern what living in exile was like”, says the curators Iris Müller-Westermann and Anna-Carola Krausse, and continues:

Laserstein's Swedish work raises questions about what it means to lose one’s own cultural and social milieu and be forced to establish roots in a new society.
Five people sit at a table
Lotte Laserstein, Evening over Potsdam, 1930 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie © Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023

Evening Over Potsdam (1930)

The exhibition in Stockholm includes Lotte Laserstein’s large-scale masterpiece “Evening Over Potsdam”. The tableau of young people sitting on a balcony at twilight in pensive silence poignantly symbolises the social crisis and perplexity that marked the end of the Weimar Republic.

The genesis of the painting is well documented. The long wooden panel on which it is painted was first transported with Berlin’s suburban rail service to Potsdam, and from there by horse and cart to its destination at the home of acquaintances who had a large roof terrace with a view across Potsdam. The friends got together for the first sketches, but the background and the protracted labour of painting the portraits was done in the Berlin studio.

In Sweden Laserstein retitled it “Mina Vänner” (My Friends), as if in homage to what she had left behind.

artist painting with nude model in front of mirror
Lotte Laserstein, At the Mirror, 1930/31 Photo: Lotte-Laserstein-Archiv Krausse, Berlin © Lotte Laserstein Courtesy of Agnews, London Bildupphovsrätt 2023
Self-portrait
Lotte Laserstein, Self Portrait before “Evening over Potsdam”, 1950 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet ©Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023

Images

painting of woman with umbrella
Lotte Laserstein, Nora Bigner, 1938 Photo: Lotte Laserstein Archiv Krausse, Berlin © Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023
painting of two boys
Lotte Laserstein, The Brothers Gedin, 1942 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet © Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023
painting with five persons
Lotte Laserstein, Evening Conversation, 1948 Photo: Lotte Laserstein Archiv Krausse, Berlin © Lotte Laserstein Bildupphovsrätt 2023
Portrait of Elsa Backlund-Celsing
Lotte Laserstein, Portrait of a Friend (Elsa Backlund-Celsing), 1950

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