Emil Nolde. Watercolours and Prints

01.06.1998 - 31.07.1998

Emil Nolde was one of the leading figures of German Expressionism and an active member of the Berlin-based Die Brücke Group. His works, alongside those by other avant-garde artists, were classified by the Natzi regime as Entartete Kunst (degenerate art). A significant portion of his oeuvre was confiscated and sold abroad, and, ultimately, dispersed in a number of private-owned collections. Consequently, the International Cultural Centre exhibition largely comprised of works from the private collections, mostly the American ones. However, the selected items offered a representative overview of the artist’s oeuvre characterised by an extraordinary sensitivity to colours as well as a masterful command of watercolours and prints – woodcut and etching in particular.

Serge Sabarsky

Among numerous exhibitions organised by the International Cultural Centre, the presentation of some of the finest artists associated with the German and Austrian avant-garde remains of special significance. So far, the prominence has been given to the artists associated with the Vienna Secession, Expressionism and New Reality. Familiarisation with the above-mentioned phenomena is a necessary prerequisite for the proper understanding of various trends present in the world art of the 20th century. Moreover, the exhibitions have provided the Polish artists of the period with a very important international context. In 1992, the International Cultural Centre was involved in the preparation of the European Cultural Month – a series of events related to Krakow being named the European Capital of Culture. A diverse cultural programme entailed numerous exhibitions, including those of Gustav Klimt and George Grosz, as well as theatrical and music performances. In the following years, the International Cultural Centre Gallery proudly exhibited the works of Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele and Emil Nolde, among others. The majority of the International Cultural Centre exhibitions were organised in cooperation with Serge Sabarsky – a world-renowned American collector of art and an expert on German art.

Emil Nolde. Watercolours and Prints

collective work

This catalogue contains reptoductions of several dozen watercolours and prints by Emil Nolde, a prominent German Expressionist, the master of etching and wood engraving, the greatest colourist of the 20th century. These works come mostiy from private American collections. The album is supplemented with texts written by J. Purchla, S. Sabarsky, and the curator of the exibition A. Zeńczak. There is also an essy written by T. Gryglewicz.

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