Image: Mann und Weib (Man and Wife), 1912, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff © DACS 2020
With World Museum, Museum of Liverpool and the Maritime Museum already open to the public, the remaining National Museums Liverpool venues LADY LEVER ART GALLERY, SUDLEY HOUSE and SEIZED! complete the set of galleries open to visitors. From Wednesday 2nd October, Port Sunlight’s gallery, Lady Lever, will display a new exhibition of German Revolution expressionist prints featuring pieces by big hitters Picasso, Kollwitz and Munch.
The powerful exhibition portraying a chaotic post-First World War Germany will display works from some of the 20th century’s most renowned artists and set the context of a nation in upheaval. The works set the very different responses artists had to the political turmoil of the early 20th century. While some looked for escape, others explored the physical destruction and looked inwards. Kokoschka, Schiele, Schmidt-Rottluff, Nolde, Pechstein, Heckel, Dix, and Corinth all made prints exploring human stories as an antidote to the disaster of the war.
Elsewhere, Home and Away, a show of oil paintings from the collection of former Sudley House resident George Holt opens on the same date in the Aigburth venue. The Seized! gallery in the basement of the Maritime Museum will also be back in action telling the story of smugglers and contraband in partnership with HM Revenue & Customs.