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Lecture: Expressionism’s Pubescent Muse

April 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

St. Olaf’s Flaten Art Museum will host a lecture by art historian Reinhold Heller on “Issues of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s 1910 Exhibition Poster for the Artists Group Bruecke.”

Advertising the exhibition of the Expressionist artist’s group Bruecke in Dresden in 1910, Kirchner’s poster depicts a nude pubescent girl. As advertisement, her image functions to embody the artistic ideals of the group and its strivings, situating her in the emblematic role of muse. This lecture explores this propagandistic function of the poster as well as the problematics of Kirchner’s employment of pubescent girls as a recurring motif in his art.

An authority on 19th and 20th century German art and especially on German Expressionism, Heller is the author of numerous books and exhibition catalogues on Edvard Munch and Gabriele Münter, and Hildegard Auer. Other publications have concerned printmaking, the Symbolist movement, the emergence of abstraction, Dada, resistance and art in National Socialist Germany, and the art of the Wilhelmine and Weimar periods.

In 2010 Heller curated “The Birth of Expressionism: Brücke in Dresden and Berlin 1905-1913” for the Neue Galerie New York, the first exhibition devoted to this pioneering group of German Expressionist artists at a major American museum. In 2016 he co-curated the exhibition “Edvard Munch and German Expressionism” at the Neue Galerie New York.


April 8
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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