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.
View Of Dresden:Schlossplatz by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – 1926-Collection of the Minneapolis Art Institute
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.
Modern Bohemia- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner- 1924- Collection of the Minneapolis Art Institute
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.
Seated Girl- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner -1910- Collection of the Minneapolis Art Institute
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……
Do You Recognize This Rembrandt?
Do You Recognize This Reid?
Do You Recognize This Raven?
I visited the Minneapolis Art Institute last summer.
I chatted with a Minnesota man at the gym where I work out here in Arizona. Last year he was part of a book club at the Minneapolis Art Institute. Each month the art gallery recommends a book to its patrons and then twice a week three different guides lead tours through the galleries visiting a dozen or more works of art in the Institute’s collection that the guides think have some connection to the book. Since each guide has his or her own personal interests and areas of expertise they choose different works of art to discuss with their groups. Some patrons come back several times to take tours with different guides. My gym partner said up to a hundred people turn up eight times a month for the tours.
I went on the Art Institute website to check out their list of books for the next few months. Some of the books are novels, some biographies and others are non-fiction. Another service the Art Institute offers is that groups of ten or more can choose a book of their own and a guide will read it and then customize a tour through the galleries based on their book. What a fun thing for a book club to do. And what fun for the guides.
I noticed that for this coming summer the Art Institute will be offering Inspired by Book Tours for youth as well. I have a part time job as an art gallery tour guide and I’d love to give tours like this.
Other posts about art and story…….
Medusa’s Raft- A Gruesome Story Retold
On the Story Train
Parfleches for the Last Supper