It was like finding an old friend. Last summer I visited the Art Institute in Minneapolis and found a painting I recognized and knew oh so well. It was View of Dresden by Edward Kirchner. The Minneapolis Art Institute lent it to the Winnipeg Art Gallery from May to September in 2013 for our 100 Masters Exhibit.
I took many, many tour groups through that exhibit and Kirchner’s painting with its interesting color scheme always drew attention. The painting shows the German City of Dresden as it was in 1926. The whole centre of the city was completely demolished in the bombings of 1945.
Kirchner was a German painter and more than 600 of his artworks were destroyed by the Nazis because they said his work was too modern and ‘degenerate’ but some pieces were saved like Modern Bohemia also on display at the Minneapolis Art Institute. Hitler’s men sold it to a Swiss auction house to raise money for Nazi causes.
There were a number of other Kirchner pieces at the Minneapolis Art Institute. Finding them was a nice surprise.
Other posts about the 100 Masters Exhibit……