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Kathe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin

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Containing one of the largest collections of works by the German artist and pacifist Kathe Kollwitz, Kathe Kollwitz Museum displays more than 200 prints, drawings, posters, sculptures, and woodcuts. Opened in 1986, the museum traces its origins to art collector Hans Pels-Leusden, who bought many of the artist's works for decades and staged the first Kollwitz exhibit in 1965. Kollwitz lived in Berlin for more than 50 years and created some of her most memorable works there, including her celebrated self-portraits. The museum is inside a 19th-century villa that was partially destroyed during World War II. Be sure to explore the upper floor, which contains a 2 m (6.6 ft) statue of Kollwitz by sculptor Gustav Seitz. Discover how to plan a Berlin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Kathe Kollwitz’ museum tells the story of the artists’ life. She was born in East Prussia, married to a medical doctor, lived in the poorer area of Berlin, had two sons and was a socially engaged woma...  more »
  • Kathe Kollwitz work and life is presented in this three story home. Her life and artistic path portrays one of the most remarkable women I have ever learned of and it is now a very important time for ...  more »
  • I had not come across the work of Kathe Kollwitz before, an artist focusing largely on the poor and the horror of WW1. Well worth a visit  more »
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  • The detailed facial and hand expression of her bronze sculptures on top floor are very impressive. If you want to visit, I suggest you to read some of her story before the visit. And before or after museum, also visit the Pieta in Neue Wach.
  • An amazing and powerful artist. Highly recommend visiting this quiet museum and getting the audio guide, which includes excerpts from her journals and letters to give context to the work.
  • You can pick up the Käthe Kollwitz thread once more at this museum dedicated to the female painter and sculptor. In a Historicist villa on Fasanenstraße are some 200 woodcuts, paintings, sculptures, graphics and posters. A member of the Expressionist and then New Objectify movements, Kollwitz spent a lot of her career in Prenzlauer Berg, which was a working class district at the time, and her art gave a voice to the downtrodden during industrialisation. That empathy shines through in prints like “Brot!”, and the anti-war woodcut cycle “Krieg”. On the top floor, in a gallery drenched with natural light is a well-known two-metre sculpture of Kollwitz by Gustav Seitz.
  • Peaceful and well-presented gallery. Very good mix of historical and artistic context with artworks themselves.
  • Selection of the artists prints both woodcuts and lithographs. There is also a selection of bronzes on the top floor.
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