In the footsteps of Heinrich Vogeler – an artist's life full of contrasts
March 2012. From romantic art nouveau painter in Worpswede to socialist reformer in Moscow, Heinrich Vogeler was constantly in search of something throughout his eventful life. As an artist, he experimented with a great number of stylistic techniques in various genres. No matter whether it was painting, print, design or architecture, he tried his hand at everything and always sought to incorporate art into every aspect of life. This compelling artist is the subject of a joint summer exhibition at four museums in Worpswede entitled 'Heinrich Vogeler: Artist, dreamer, visionary', which runs from 26 May to 30 September 2012.
The timing is significant for two reasons. 2012 marks 140 years since Vogeler's birth and 70 years since his death, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the life and works of the co-founder of the famous Worpswede artists' colony at the four museums in the town, Haus im Schluh, Barkenhoff arts centre, Grosse Kunstschau and Worpswede Kunsthalle. A particular highlight in Bremen is the golden chamber, designed by Vogeler in the art nouveau style, which can be seen on a guided tour of the town hall. Vogeler is also represented at the Kunsthalle art gallery in Bremen in the newly designed Worpswede room. At the Focke Museum, the 'Room of a Young Women', designed by Vogeler in 1906, is on display in its entirety, and the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum is hosting an exhibition of 'Old Worpswede Photographs'.