Franz Radziwill and Bremen
22 Mar to 9 July 2017, Kunsthalle Bremen
Over the course of his career, German painter Franz Radziwill immortalised typical locations, striking buildings and important events in his home town on paper and canvas. He is considered a maverick of German 20th century art, and his work is instantly recognisable. A special exhibition at the Kunsthalle art gallery running from 22 March to 9 July will delve into his relationship with the Hanseatic city of Bremen. He spent the defining years of his childhood and youth in Bremen, and its influence can be seen throughout his work.
Featuring around 40 paintings from 1910 to 1960, the exhibition – the first of its kind – creates a bridge from Radziwill’s early Expressionist works and New Objectivity masterpieces to the Magical Realism and fantastical images of his later life. At the same time, the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into Bremen’s history, including portrayals of the Waller water tower, of the gasometer with its chequered paintwork, and of the ocean liner SS Bremen, each telling a story of Hanseatic success.
Even as a young man Radziwill had contacts at the Kunsthalle art gallery and he exhibited there in 1919. He demonstrated his gratitude to the museum by donating a painting in 1982.