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News number: 8709041245

14:49 | 2008-11-24

Art

نسخه چاپي ارسال به دوستان

Tehran to Exhibit German Expressionist Art

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Arts is slated to mount an exhibition of works by two celebrated German artists in the Iranian capital.



The two German expressionist artists are known for their anti-war sentiments during the early decades of 20th century.

Sixty works of printmaker and sculptor Kathe Schmidt Kollwitz (1867-1945) as well as 120 sculptures by Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) are to be displayed during the month-long show, which will open on December 21.

"The show has been organized in a collaborative effort by TMCA and the cultural section of the German Embassy in Tehran," a TMCA curator's advisor Gholam Ali Taheri told MNA on Sunday.

"The artists have been selected for the show due to their commitments to social, religious, and public aspects of art," he added.

"Kollwitz expresses sympathy for the socially forlorn people in her artworks, which are all too familiar to Iranians. Poverty and concern are depicted along with love, kindness, and humanitarianism in the works of Kollwitz and Barlach," Taheri said.

"The connection between the views of the two German artists on art and their proximity to the spiritual viewpoint of Iranian artists convinced us to organize the showcase," he explained.

Barlach's style has often been called "modern Gothic". Barlach was an expressionist artist mostly known for his anti-war works, which were mostly confiscated as degenerate art after the rise of the Nazi Party.

Expressionist painter and sculptor Kathe Schmidt Kollwitz (1867 - 1945) is known for her eloquent and often searing account of human conditions and her sympathy for the less fortunate members of society.