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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Imaginary Travels

16 November 2018 to 3 March 2019

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, co-founder of the Brücke group, is one of the best-known German Expressionists. One of the leitmotifs of his life and work is the quest for the exotic and the primal, for far-off lands and cultures. It led him to create strikingly colourful images that conjure imaginary, far-away worlds, without ever leaving the everyday reality of his life.
Tracing the artist’s progress through Dresden, Berlin, Fehmarn and Davos, the exhibition sheds light on Kirchner’s career. With a selection of more than 180 paintings, the retrospective explores how the artist responded to social and artistic influences, engaging with them in ever new ways, always prepared to break new ground, both personally and pictorially.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner‘s Imaginary Travels is being curated by Katharina Beisiegel (Art Centre Basel) in collaboration with the Kirchner Museum Davos and with Thorsten Sadowsky and organised by Art Centre Basel in collaboration with the Bundeskunsthalle.

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€10/ €6.50 (concessions), Family ticket €16

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Show bibliography
Illustrations
  1. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Seated Girl (Fränzi Fehrmann), 1910 (altered 1920),Minneapolis Institute of ArtErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Seated Girl (Fränzi Fehrmann), 1910 (altered 1920), Minneapolis Institute of Art
  2. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Three Nudes in the Woods, 1933, Woodcut© Kirchner Museum Davos, photo: Kirchner Museum DavosErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Three Nudes in the Woods, 1933, Woodcut © Kirchner Museum Davos, photo: Kirchner Museum Davos
  3. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mandolin Player (detail), oil on canvas© Kirchner Museum Davos, photo: Kirchner Museum Davos, Jakob JägliErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Mandolin Player (detail), 1921, oil on canvas © Kirchner Museum Davos, photo: Kirchner Museum Davos, Jakob Jägli
  4. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bed for Erna Kirchner, 1919, Swiss pine wood and larch, Kirchner Museum Davos, © Kirchner Museum Davos, Stephan BöschErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Bed for Erna Kirchner, 1919, Swiss pine wood and larch, Kirchner Museum Davos, © Kirchner Museum Davos, Stephan Bösch
  5. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Life in the Alps, Triptych, 1917–1919, oil on canvas © Kirchner Museum Davos, photo: Jakob JägliErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Life in the Alps, Triptych, 1917–1919, oil on canvas © Kirchner Museum Davos, photo: Jakob Jägli
  6. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mountain Studio, detail, 1937, oil on canvas © Kirchner Museum DavosErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Mountain Studio, detail, 1937, oil on canvas © Kirchner Museum Davos
  7. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner und Erna Schilling, Erna and Nina Hard at the House 'In den Lärchen', 1921, embroidery,E. W. K., Bern / DavosErnst Ludwig Kirchner und Erna Schilling, Erna and Nina Hard at the House 'In den Lärchen', 1921, embroidery, E. W. K., Bern / Davos

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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