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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was a complex, sometimes contradictory man who perfectly embodied the myth of the hypersensitive artist. To learn more about this figure, one of the most significant representatives of German expressionism, and to explore the approach and the themes of the exhibition «Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Davos», the Geiger Foundation will give visitors a free guided tour on Thursday, 10th August at 6 pm. Please call us on +39 0586 635011 to reserve your place (subject to availability). The tour will be held in Italian.
The 10th August session will be followed by additional afternoon guided tours. To be updated on these and other initiatives by the Geiger Foundation, please subscribe to our newsletter.
«I wish to remain in the world and for the world. The high mountains here will help me.»
E. L. K.
After his artistic experiences in Dresden and Berlin, which established him as one of the leading figures of German expressionism, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner retired to Davos in 1917, traumatized by World War I and in a life-threatening condition. The health resort in the Grisons, initially seen as a short-term escape, soon became a place of salvation and healing in which he experienced a personal and artistic rebirth.
The exhibition Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Davos, hosted by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation and organized in cooperation with the Kirchner Museum Davos and the Archive of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s entire oeuvre, Wichtrach/Bern, falls on the centenary of the artist’s move to Switzerland and is a rare occasion to admire in Italy the magnificent works he produced after 1917. The Swiss Alps became the substitute for vibrating urban life; the monumental mountain panoramas replaced the sensory overload of Berlin’s nightlife.
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