Bernhard Kretzschmar – Max Schwimmer – Heinrich Hoerle
MAY 12 – JULY 17, 2021
Rankestr. 24, 10789 Berlin, Germany
At the beginning of the 20th century, not only did graphic art experience a new high point, but entire portfolios of original prints enjoyed increasing popularity and demand. Graphic art as an art form began to shed its stigma of merely being a reproduction, and a new awareness of its originality allowed it to become an independent medium on par with painting. And printmaking had advantages: prints remained affordable for collectors, especially in economically difficult times, and additionally offered aspiring artists the opportunity to quickly achieve a higher degree of recognition through wider distribution of their work. Moreover, production was inexpensive – so it was feasible to try out. Portfolios also made it possible to publish the artist’s own thoughts and experiences in both text and image, or even to bring avant-garde approaches and entire manifestos to the public in collaborative graphic projects with colleagues.
From the 1920s onwards, there was literally a flood of the most diverse graphic projects in Germany.
Our present online exhibition Drei Künstler – Drei Mappenwerke ǀ Bernhard Kretzschmar – Max Schwimmer – Heinrich Hoerle comprises three selected, monographic portfolios from this period, which are rarely found today as complete series.
All three graphic sequences convey the feeling and prevailing mood after the First World War. All three reflect the confrontation of young artists with the turmoil of their time and provide insights into an entire war generation’s attempt to find its persona. And yet all three are quite different.