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German Expressionist Gallery

German Expressionism Gallery at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

German Expressionism Events

Expressionism: The Total Artwork

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery are proud to host the largest collection of German Expressionist artwork in the UK, and with support from Arts Council England have re-displayed the collection.

Our new gallery uses cutting edge museum design to uncover the remarkable story behind our collection. Exploring how and why German and other Expressionist artists revealed their innermost emotions through art, dance, music and drama.

The gallery is accompanied by a new website presenting our collection online for the first time and an exciting events programme and performance space to evoke the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (the total artwork).

Download the events guide at the bottom of this page or view the guide online.

Supported by Arts Council England.

View a selection of artworks in the collection.

The German Expressionism collection in the media

Imagine - We are delighted that our German Expressionism collection featured in BBC1's Imagine programme exposing the truth and scale of Nazi Looted Art in the brilliant two part documentary 'The Art That Hitler Hated'.

The documentary is available on BBC iPlayer with the Hess collection featured in part one. In part two New Walk Museum & Art Gallery's German Expressionism collection and its links to the Hess family's collection are profiled.

Watch part one on iPlayer

Watch part two on iPlayer

Art treasures that defied the Nazi terror - Article in the Sunday Telegraph profiling our German Expressionist collection and its fascinating history.
Read the article on the Telegraph website...

The collection

Leicester's has a remarkable collection of German Expressionist Art. Founded in Leicester during the dark days of war, now with almost 500 artworks, the collection is acclaimed as the finest of its kind in the UK.

The initial collection began with works acquired from the groundbreaking exhibition Mid-European Art’, which took place at the museum in 1944. The exhibition featured unique works from private collections, which had been brought to England and safety by refugee artists and collectors.

Expressionist artists sought to liberate powerful emotions in their art, which they believed lay beneath the surface appearance of everyday life. Artists in the collection include Marc, Kandinsky, Munter; Heckel, Kirchner, Jawlensky and Schmidt-Rottluff. Artists preceding, or influenced by Expressionism also enrich the collection, including Liebermann, Feininger, Kollwitz and Grosz.

Funding support for works in the collection has been received from The Art Fund, The V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the City of Leicester Museums Trust.


Download the events guide at the bottom of this page or view the guide online.


Shadows and light: The World of 1920s Weimar Germany
Sunday 23 November
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Continuing the series of illustrated talks on Leicester’s German Expressionist
art collection. Shadows and light, the world of 1920s Weimar Germany, is an illustrated talk exploring the exciting artistic and cultural scene of Weimar Germany in the 1920s. Early booking advised. Adult themes, not suitable for children. £3.50 T: 0116 225 4900

Ron Athey
Friday 28 November
6pm – 8pm

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Influential performance artist Ron Athey discusses his own practice and performance practice more broadly. Athey’s practice touches on themes of violence and sexuality and this talk is not suitable for children, Ages 18+. Free event, booking essential. T: 0116 225 4900 

Revolutionary visions: The art of Conrad Felixmüller
Saturday 6 December
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
An illustrated talk profiling the life and work of German artist Conrad Felixmüller, active in the 1920s and 30s, whose paintings included the coalminers of the Ruhr to tender studies of his wife and family. Early booking advised. Not suitable for young children. £3.50 T: 0116 225 4900