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Making Modernism

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin

12 November 2022 — 12 February 2023

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Discover the trailblazing women hidden from the history of 20th-century Modernism.

Making Modernism is the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin.

It reframes the movement through the experiences and perspectives of these ground-breaking artists who – although less familiar than their male counterparts, such as Wassily Kandinsky – were no less central to the development of radical new approaches to art in Europe.

Celebrated in their native homelands, this exhibition will introduce their innovative paintings and works on paper, alongside key pictures by Erma Bossi, Ottilie Reylaender and Jacoba van Heemskerk.

The exhibition explores subjects such as self-portraiture, still-life, the female body, depictions of childhood, landscapes and urban scenes.

Bringing together 65 works, many never seen in the UK before, Making Modernism foregrounds the individuality of each artist whilst shining a spotlight on the strong affinities between them. Combining impressive, bold and intimately-scaled works, this exhibition explores themes of identity, representation and belonging – all powerfully relevant today.

Our Friends preview days take place on Thursday 10 November, 10am-6pm, and Friday 11 November, 10am-9pm.

12 November 2022 — 12 February 2023

Tues–Sun: 10am–6pm

£17 (without donation £15). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries

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