Kumu presents the largest exhibition of the year – The Savages of Germany. Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter Expressionists.

Art Museum of Estonia
Kumu Art Museum
Press release

Starting 22 September, the Kumu Art Museum welcomes you to the exhibition The Savages of Germany. Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter Expressionists, which offers the Estonian audience a unique chance to view the most outstanding works of the artists of two pivotal art groups of the early 20th century.

Through the oeuvre of world-famous artists, such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky, August Macke, Franz Marc, Alexej von Jawlensky and others, the exhibition focusses on the innovations introduced to the art scene by the expressionists. Expressionists dedicated themselves to the study of major universal themes, such as the relationship between man and the universe, via various deeply personal artistic means.

Die Brücke (“Bridge” in English) was a German artistic group active in the period 1905–1913. The members of Die Brücke dealt with the inner world of man, full of controversies, hopes and fears. Besides the depiction of various phenomena found in the modern urban environment, Die Brücke artists created numerous landscapes in order to depict the emotional states of humans via nature.

Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider” in English) was another expressionist group, and was active in the years 1911–1914, centred around Russian emigrants (Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky and others) and local German artists (Franz Marc, August Macke and others). The members were united in their desire to express themselves on topics related to the universe, the soul and the world of spirits.

Both above-mentioned groups earned acclaim in Europe and their members are considered to be the most outstanding representatives of expressionism, one of the most significant artistic movements.

In addition to showing the works of the main authors of German expressionism, the exhibition attempts to shed light on expressionism as an influential artistic movement of the early 20th century which left its imprint also on the Estonian art of the post-World War I era. Ado Vabbe, Peet Aren, Nikolai Triik, Konrad Mägi and others experienced the German art scene directly during their studies and travels, but also via expressionist influences in modern literature, drama and elsewhere.

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to collaboration with a number of German art museums and galleries. Expressionist works of art by Estonian authors come from the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, the Tartu Art Museum, and a private collection.

Exhibition in collaboration with:

Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle
Westhoff Fine Arts

The exhibition will remain open until 14 January 2018.

The press album of the exhibition can be viewed here.

The authors of the concept of the exhibition and the curators Detmar Westhoff, Ralph Keuning, Cora Faßbender and Liis Pählapuu welcome press enquiries: please contact them at +372 5681 6706.

The next opportunities to visit the exhibition together with the curators are on 21 September at 4.30 pm (tour in English) and on 28 September at 6 pm (tour in Estonian).

The complete programme of public events accompanying the exhibition can be viewed here.

Concept of the exhibition:

Detmar Westhoff (Westhoff Fine Arts)
Ralph Keuning (Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle)
Cora Faßbender
Liis Pählapuu (Kumu Art Museum)

Curators: Detmar Westhoff and Liis Pählapuu
Assistants: Eva Knels (Westhoff Fine Arts) and Helen Volber (Art Museum of Estonia)
Exhibition design: Artmarket OÜ, M.E.Z. OÜ and Terje Kallast-Luure
Graphic design: Mari Kaljuste

With the support of:

Goethe-Institut Tallinn, Telia Eesti, Akzo Nobel Baltics, Tallinna Kaubamaja, Nordic Hotel Forum

The clients of our supporter Telia get two exhibition tickets for the price of one. Additional information: Telia.ee/partnerpakkumised.

Contact information and queries:

Liis Pählapuu
Exhibition curator of the Kumu Art Museum
Tel. +372 5388 1439