The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, October 22, 2016

Westphalian Expressionism Subject of Exhibition that Opened Today at Kunsthalle Bielefeld
August Macke, Stillleben mit Madonna, 1911. Öl auf Leinwand auf Pappe, 67 x 51,5 cm, Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Foto: von Uslar Fotodesign, Bielefeld.
BIELEFELD.- In 1902, when Karl Ernst Osthaus founded the Folkwang Museum in Hagen, opening up his collection to the public, modernism moved into Westphalia. With it arose Westphalian Expressionism, which, by the 1930s, had established a style all its own, blending rural traditions and modern city life, and made an important contribution to German modernism.

While the artistic paths of native Westphalians August Macke and Hermann Stenner took them from their homeland to the Rhineland and Stuttgart, Christian Rohlfs came from Schleswig-Holstein, at the invitation of Osthaus, to a studio in Hagen. With a circle of artists that included Wilhelm Morgner and Eberhard Viegener, Soest became a center of Westphalian modernism, attracting many artists with its medieval appearance.

In Bielefeld, the Kunstgewerbeschule (applied arts school), originally founded in 1907 with an emphasis on arts and crafts, soon proved to be a driving force behind modernist efforts in art and design. The painting class presided over by progressive teacher Ludwig Godewols became a place where modern art was created, and many of the local artists finished their early studies there, including Victor Tuxhorn, Ernst Sagewka, Heinz Lewerenz, Hermann Freudenau, and the young Peter August Böckstiegel, who later continued his studies in Dresden.

Between the Brücke (Bridge) and the Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider), between the German art centers of Dresden, Berlin, and Munich—where Expressionists were talked about and the art world and the spirit of the times were in revolution—the region from the Ruhr District to the Teutoburger Forest rarely got the attention it deserved, and Westphalia’s modernists only occasionally caught the eye of the art world. It was not until 1933, when the National Socialists banned the progressive-minded Vereinigung westfälischer Künstler und Kunstfreunde (Association of Westphalian artists and friends), that their achievements over time became obvious.

With this large exhibition of approximately 180 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints—many of them loaned from a number of different museums and private collections, while the rest are works from the Kunsthalle’s own inventory—the Kunsthalle Bielefeld is presenting a fundamental survey of Westphalian Expressionism.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld | Westphalian Expressionism | Karl Ernst Osthaus |

Today's News

November 1, 2010

Fortnight of Sales at Christie's Expected to Yield a Combined Total in Excess of $500 Million

The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875 at the National Gallery of Art

Shanghai World Expo Ends; Drew 72 Million Visitors; China's Biggest Tourism Event Ever

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 at the Royal Academy of Arts

School of Paris Leads Bi-Coastal Sale of Modern and Contemporary Arts at Bonhams

Recently Created Body of Work Titled "Year Two" by Fabian Miller at Danziger Projects

LACMA Presents Most Comprehensive U.S. Retrospective of Photographer William Eggleston

A New Public Gallery: The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery Agree to New Venue

Relics from Admiral Byrd's Ship the City of New York to Sell at Heritage Auctions in Dallas

Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection on View in Valencia

Tel Aviv Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings Presents Cabinet Secrets: Prints by Jim Dine

Twenty Human Skeletons and Fragments of Colonial Ceramic Found by INAH Archaeologists

Carsten Höller Develops New Work "Reindeer Red-Green" for Ernst Schering Foundation

Legacy is Foundation of Pennsylvania & American Auction at Freeman's

Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints Sell Strong at Bonhams & Butterfields' October Auction

LACMA Debuts the First North American Retrospective of German Artist Blinky Palermo

Hereford Photography Festival 2010 Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Westphalian Expressionism Subject of Exhibition that Opened Today at Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Landmark Retrospective of American Photographer Robert Adams

Tales of Katrina Told through Museum Exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum

dOCUMENTA (13) Announces Curatorial Team and Process for 100 Day Event in 2012

The Katonah Museum of Art Presents Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art

Major Exhibition Curated by Snøhetta Architects Presents New Nordic Art and Design

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery

2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth

3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky

5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door

6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall

7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes

8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation

9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure

10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book

Related Stories

Kunsthalle Bielefeld Revisits the 80s with Exhibition from Bischofberger Collection

Kunsthalle Bielefeld to Revisit the 80s with Exhibition from The Bischofberger Collection

Comprehensive Survey of German Impressionism Opens at Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Comprehensive Survey of German Impressionism to Open at Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Kunsthalle Bielefeld Announces Exhibition by World-renowned Chinese Artist Fang Lijun

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful