Galerie Ludorff: Artist postcards

Galerie Ludorff: Artist postcards

Artist postcards

16th February – 14th April 2018

Opening: 15th February 2018, 6PM

“Your lovely postcard greatly pleased me. In the Still Life Exhibition at Commeter there are 3 works of mine. If you see them I’m eager to hear how you like them. Regards, Your EL Kirchner. Best regards, E Heckel”

It sounds little different than today´s messages, sent via smartphone during lunch, attached a photo of what just happened. Barely but only that the writer is Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, who sent a short note to the Hamburg collector Käthe Bleichröder, written on postcard. The front shows the motif the “Liegenden weiblichen Aktes mit Hund” (lying female nude with dog), drawn by Erich Heckel, Kirchner´s studio friend.

What is quickly send as a photo over the phone today, the young artists of the “Brücke” generation used postcards for their drawings, sharing ideas of current works, or to maintain contact between friends and collectors. Those – from today´s perspective – little gems, not only give account to the artistic work but also give valuable insight into the social environment of the artist. Two of these postcards are addressed to the former director of the Düsseldorf Academy Walter Kaesbach, a well know patron of the Expressionists and being one of the most progressive museologists at that time.

These and further 37 artist postcards, written and sent from important artists of the 20th and 21st century, are on view in the exhibition “Schöne Grüße. Künstlerpostkarten” opening on the 15th February 2018 at Galerie Ludorff.

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Otto Mueller, Zwei Badende, ca. 1925

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