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26/05/18 – 20/09/18

FACES OF EXPRESSIONSM (1905-1925)

Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na Krki

May 26th – September 20th 2018
Exhibition opening: Friday, May 25th, 7 p.m.

The international exhibition of German, Czech and Slovenian expressionists is the first attempt at positioning Slovene expressionism into the Central European milieu. One of the paths expressionism, a German movement focusing on spirituality, emotions and the ethical demand for the “new man”, reached Slovene artists was through Prague. After the Great War the Slavic capital of Prague substituted Vienna and its Secession and became the study centre for a young generation of Slovene artists (France and Tone Kralj, Veno Pilon, Božidar Jakac). Prague was also a town bubbling with social life and an excellent starting point for visiting towns such as Dresden and Berlin.

The art created during this period of crisis and turning point in European history reflects the living disunity and the yearning of the modern man. German artists are represented in this exhibition by the socially engaged artist Käthe Kollwitz and the members of the pioneering group Die Brücke (The Bridge): Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Pechstein. Amongst the Czech artists the emphasis was placed on the group Osma (Eight), which formed its aesthetics under the influence of the Norwegian Edvard Munch, German expressionism and certain Parisienne artists. The group consisted of Emil Filla, Antonín Procházka and Bohumil Kubišta to name a few. We started setting up the exhibition by rummaging through the Božidar Jakac Art Museum’s collection, for we have spent decades collecting materials and during this time we have become a central point for Slovene expressionism.

The exhibition was created in cooperation of Božidar Jakac Art Museum with the Czech museum GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Kutná Hora. The exhibition presents also works from Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Musem of Contemporary History of Slovenia, Maribor Art Gallery, National and University Library in Zagreb, The Pilon Gallery as well as works from private collections.