New York, the Museum of Modern Art


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Street Scenes of Berlin from 1913-1915 are regarded not only as the high point of the German artist's career, but a milestone in German Expressionism. This exhibition brings together seven major paintings from the series, marking the first time they are being shown together, along with some 60 works on paper. Using a pictorial language of dramatic spatial composition, angular forms, agitated brush strokes and bold colors, the Street Scene paintings depict modern city life. Many of the works portray the evening sophistication of high society, crowds of men and prostitutes.

Kirchner had been a member of the Brücke (Bridge) art movement, which had moved from Dresden to Berlin by late 1911. Two years later, the group disbanded, and Kirchner began his ambitious Street Scene series, moving away from the bright colors and curving lines that characterize his earlier works. Notably, Kirchner captured the frenetic energy and lurid atmosphere of Berlin on the eve of the First World War.


August 3 through November 10, 2008
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
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