Ludwig Meidner – Encounters
October 9, 2016 until February 5, 2017
Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Artists’ Colony Museum
Olbrichweg 13 A, 64287 Darmstadt
The focal point of the “Ludwig Meidner – Encounters” exhibition was on portraits the artist created of numerous writers, politicians, journalists and artists he was acquainted with. The exhibition concentrated on the artist’s expressionist heyday, in the 1910s and 20s, and enables exciting “encounters” with more than 30 important protagonists of the Weimar Republic. Among them are several illustrious persons like Bella Chagall, writer and wife of Marc Chagall, the Austrian journalist Felix Stössinger, a friend of Albert Einstein, or the poet Ernst Wilhelm Lotz, with whom Meidner shared an apartment and studio in Dresden in 1914. Meidner’s portraits of these complex personalities – complemented with documentary materials – invited the visitor to intimate “encounters” with these distinguished persons. The exhibition also highlighted the artist’s final years in Darmstadt (1963-1966), that have left traces in the city which still can be found today.
The drawings, prints and paintings on view at the Artists’ Colony Museum were mainly from the stocks of the Darmstadt Municipal Art Collection. Among them were some works by the artist that were on public display for the very first time.
The exhibition catalogue is published at Hirmer Publishers
editor: Philipp Gutbrod, bilingual (German/English) 272 pp., ca. 197 color illus., 23 x 27,5 cm, hardcover, 45,00 €
© for the works by Ludwig Meidner:
Ludwig Meidner-Archiv, Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main