Weimar Republic

Oct 19, 2019

Bus Tour with Three Stops: Between Utopia and Exile.
Architecture, Painting and Film in Potsdam around 1930
Nikolaisaal, Potsdam (Germany)

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Architecture, Painting and Film in Potsdam around 1930
Nikolaisaal, Potsdam (Germany)

ZWISCHEN UTOPIE UND EXIL ARCHITEKTUR, MALEREI UND FILM IM POTSDAM UM 1930 Eine musikalische Zeitreise mit dem Bus in drei Etappen Auf dieser Bustour wird das Potsdam am Ende der Weimarer Republik wieder lebendig. Lassen Sie sich überraschen von der Vielfalt der modernen Architektur und den faszinierenden Kunstwerken jener Zeit, oft gespiegelt in den wechselvollen Lebenswegen ihrer Schöpfer. Zum Abschluss der Exkursion sind im selten zugänglichen Studio des Filmorchester Babelsberg die großen Hits der UFA-Zeit ebenso zu erleben wie die spannenden Geschichten ihrer Entstehung. 10.30 Uhr Musikalischer Auftakt im Nikolaisaal Matthew Rubenstein, Klavier 11.00 Uhr Erste Etappe Die Architektur der Potsdamer Moderne (Rundfahrt mit Stopps u.a. am Luftschiffhafen) Referentin: Prof. Karin Flegel, Urania Potsdam 12.30 Uhr Intermezzo: Mittagessen im Kongresshotel [...]

Dec 27, 2017

2017, December 22 – Elke Linda Buchholz in tagesspiegel.de

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Fritz-Ascher-Retrospektive „Leben ist Glühn“ Die Wiederentdeckung des Expressionisten Fritz Ascher: eine Doppelausstellung in der Villa Oppenheim und im Potsdam Museum. by Elke Linda Buchholz Einen so vollständig vergessenen Künstler zurückzuholen in die Aufmerksamkeit, braucht Kraft, Geduld und kreative Energie. Vor 30 Jahren stieß die deutsch-amerikanische Kuratorin Rachel Stern bei einem Sammler auf Arbeiten von Fritz Ascher. Sie hatte noch nie von ihm gehört. Jetzt ist sie als quasi weltweit einzige Expertin für den 1893 geborenen Maler wieder zurück in der Stadt, wo auch er einst gelebt und gearbeitet hat. Hier bei Max Liebermann holte der junge Wilde sich als 16-Jähriger nach abgebrochener Schule die höheren Weihen einer Empfehlung an die Königsberger Kunstakademie und startete zwischen Secessionisten und Expressionisten seine Karriere. [...]

Dec 26, 2017

2017, December 7 – Mathias Richter in Märkische Allgemeine, p. 12

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Der vergessene Expressionist Das Potsdam-Museum zeigt Werke des von den Nazis verfolgten Malers Fritz Ascher by Mathias Richter Sie gehören zur sogenannten verlorenen Generation. Künstler wie Gertrude Sandmann, Magda Langenstrass-Uhlig oder Eric Isenburger. Sie hatten Anfang der 30er Jahre grosse Ambitionen und wahrscheinlich eine grosse Karriere vor sich. Doch mit dem Machtantritt von Adolf Hitler erhielten sie Berufsverbot, wurden verfolgt, ihre Werke als "entartete Kunst" verfemt. Wer die Nazi-Zeit überlebte war vergessen und stand vor dem Nichts. Einer der Angehörigen dieser verlorenen Generation ist Fritz Ascher. Das Potsdam-Museum widmet dem radikalen Berliner Expressionisten in Kooperation mit der Villa Oppenheim in Berlin-Charlottenburg von Sonntag an eine Sonderausstellung. 80 Gemälde und Grafiken sind in den beiden Museen zu sehen, davon etwa 50 [...]

Dec 22, 2017

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #17, December 2017

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Dear Friends, I am humbled and honored to have received the Lea and Hans Grundig Prize for my work about Fritz Ascher. Right on time for his 125th birthday, the Fritz Ascher retrospective is now open in Berlin and Potsdam, the two places where the artist lived and worked. Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in der Villa Oppenheim in Berlin exhibits an overview of the artist’s creative development, with a focus on works that relate to Berlin. We see his sketch of the artist Max Liebermann as well as his love for music and performance in Weimar Republic paintings like “Beethoven” and “Bajazzo and Artists”. After surviving the Nazi terror regime in hiding in the Berlin Grunewald neighborhood, he painted these works over [...]

Dec 21, 2017

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #16, October 2017

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Dear Friends, Today I am excited to share with you some photos of last week’s opening of “Beauteous Strivings: Fritz Ascher, Works on Paper”, which is on view at the New York Studio School daily 10:00am-6:00pm until December 3 (website link). In this exhibition, “powerful emotions seem to lurk just beneath the apparent directness and economy of the tree and flower paintings” of the 1950s and 1960s, observes curator Karen Wilkin in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. She continues: “A sense of near-obsession, of ferocious concentration, of focus that excluded everything else, was palpable, made visible in the traces of his rapidly moving hand, driving across the paper, making loops and whorls, and then abruptly changing direction. At the [...]

Mar 5, 2017

“Leben ist Glühn” Der Expressionist Fritz Ascher 


Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz MUSEUM GUNZENHAUSER, Chemnitz (Germany)

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Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz MUSEUM GUNZENHAUSER, Chemnitz (Germany)

The worldwide first Fritz Ascher Retrospective is on view at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz - MUSEUM GUNZENHAUSER from March 5 to June 18, 2017. (website link) The main focus of the presentation at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz - MUSEUM GUNZENHAUSER is on the artist's important early masterworks like "Golgatha" (1915), "Bajazzo and Artists" (ca. 1916) and "The Tortured" (ca. 1916). For the first time ever, Fritz Ascher’s “Golem” from the collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin will here be reunited with other works the artist created between 1913 and 1933. The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz is home to an important collection of German Expressionism, dominated by artwork of the locally founded Expressionist group Brücke and especially Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, who grew up in Chemnitz, along [...]

Feb 28, 2017

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #11, January 2017

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Dear Friends, Thank you for supporting us with your interest in our work, reading our newsletters and publications and/or visiting our exhibitions, and - last not least - supporting our work financially. 2016 was the first year that our work started showing, with the participation in the exhibition Verfahren. "Wiedergutmachung" im geteilten Berlin / »Making Amends« Compensation and Restitution Cases in Divided Berlin at Aktives Museum Berlin (October 9, 2015 - January 14, 2016) and Landgericht Berlin/Amtsgericht Mitte, Berlin (September 29 - November 18, 2016) and the long anticipated first ever retrospective with its comprehensive catalogue (link) "Leben ist Glühn" Der Expressionist Fritz Ascher / “To Live is to Blaze with Passion" The Expressionist Fritz Ascher at the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus Osnabrück [...]

Sep 25, 2016

“Leben ist Glühn” Der Expressionist Fritz Ascher 

Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Osnabrück (Germany)

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Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Osnabrück (Germany)

The first ever Fritz Ascher Retrospective is on view at the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus in Osnabrück from September 25, 2016 until January 15, 2017. website link This first comprehensive retrospective of Fritz Ascher's art shows a representative group of ca. 80 works (30 paintings and 50 works on paper), which span his whole oeuvre from first academic studies to monumental Expressionist figure compositions to late landscapes. The emotional immediacy, intensity and authenticity of Fritz Ascher’s work insures its relevance for today’s viewers. At the same time, it raises interesting questions about individuality and artistic integrity in response to conditions of extreme duress and to political tyranny. The exhibition is under patronage of the German Minister of Culture and Media Prof. Monika Grütters. [...]

Sep 23, 2016

“Golem” 


Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

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Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

Fritz Ascher's monumental painting "Golem" from 1916 is part of the exhibition "Golem" at the Jewish Museum Berlin (September 23, 2016  - January 29, 2017).websiteThe myth of the human being that can create new life is the central theme of the large thematic exhibition "Golem" at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Until today the most prominent Jewish legendary figure inspires generations of artists and writers. The exhibition presents the Golem from its Jewish mystical source to popular narratives for film or in artistic and digital media. Formed in clay or dust, a being is brought to life by mystical rituals including Hebrew letter combinations. Created by a human being, the Golem becomes a helper, a companion or the savior of a [...]

Feb 4, 2016

Fritz Ascher Society Newsletter #5, February 2016

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Dear Friends, As I am writing this newsletter, the snow is (still) melting here in New York after one of the largest snow storms in recent history. At the same time, Carnival is in the air - at least for our German friends. What better moment to introduce Fritz Ascher's clowns - a theme that occupied the artist throughout his career. It was certainly no coincidence that Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "Pagliacci" (Clowns) was hugely popular in Weimar Republic Berlin - especially the performances with the best known Tenor of his time, Enrico Caruso, as Canio. Fritz Ascher, Bajazzo, 1916 In the opera, Canio, the head of a troupe of comedians, finds out that his wife Nedda has an affair with [...]