The extensive retrospective at the SCHIRN shows how she anticipated central developments of modernism
8. OCTOBER 2021 – 13 FEBRUARY 2022
No other German woman artist of Classic Modernism has achieved the same legendary status as Paula Modersohn-Becker in the public awareness. Within a few years of her death, travelling exhibitions were organized through various German museums, and the artist continues to enjoy high esteem even today. In her unique works, Modersohn-Becker created timeless images of universal validity. The extensive retrospective at the SCHIRN is dedicated to Modersohn-Becker’s entire oeuvre and shows how she anticipated central developments of modernism. In addition to succinct series and pictorial motifs, the exhibition also focuses in particular on the artist’s remarkable painting style, as well as the early and lasting reception of her work. With some 120 paintings and drawings from all her creative phases, the Schirn presents a contemporary view of the works of this early representative of the avant-garde, whose time-transcending quality continues to fascinate viewers to this day.