Published on 07/06/23
The German Department took the Sixth Form Germanists to see the ‘Making Modernism’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.
Making Modernism was the first major UK exhibition devoted to the pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s. There were many works from Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin, alongside some lesser known female German artists. This was a wonderful chance to see so many works of these artists in one place, comparing styles and influences. Alongside the bold use of colour in Modersohn-Becker’s paintings, we were left with the haunting images of pain and suffering within Kollwitz’s lithographs.
Students were able to reflect upon what we had learnt in their A level and IB courses about the artistic movements in German-speaking countries. The visit was rounded off with the obligatory nod to the German tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen in the RA cafe.