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German Expressionist Collection

German Expressionism Gallery at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Expressionism: The Total Artwork

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Please note: The 1st floor of the museum will not be available on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 September. Galleries closed on these days will be the World Arts, Picasso Ceramics, Arts & Crafts and German Expressionist exhibition.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, due to essential maintenance works.


We 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. View our complete German Expressionist collection on our new website, launching this summer.

Look out this autumn for an exciting events programme and performance space to complement the German Expressionist gallery and to evoke the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (the total artwork).

Supported by Arts Council England.

View a selection of artworks in the collection.


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, and now with over 450 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.


Events

 

German Expressionism and its legacies
Thursday 2 October
2pm - 4.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Ramsay Burt, Dorothy Rowe and Christian Weikop discuss aspects of German Expressionism and its legacies. All of these speakers have been involved in some way in the redevelopment of the German Expressionist collection. Free event, booking essential, to book please call 0116 225 4900. 

 

Matthias Sperling
Friday 3 October
6pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

We are delighted to present the premiere of a new performance
commission by choreographer Matthias Sperling, taking place in the
new German Expressionism gallery. This commission has been undertaken
with the support of Siobhan Davies Dance. Free event. T: 0116 225 4900

 

The dark side: Gothic tales from Germany
Saturday 4 October
2pm - 6.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
As part of the Everybody's Reading Festival we host a series of gothic flavoured activities taking place in our German Expressionist Gallery. From 2pm enjoy readings of German Gothic stories, followed at 4.30pm by an introduction to the history of vampires and finally at 5pm a screening of the mother of all vampire films, Nosferatu. Ages 11+. Free event. T: 0116 225 4900

 

The dark side – Gothic stories for little readers
Sunday 5 October
2pm - 5pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
As part of the Everybody's Reading Festival we have series of gothic flavoured activities for our younger visitors taking place in our German Expressionist Gallery. From 2pm enjoy readings of children’s ghost and monster stories like Funny Bones and the Gruffalo and then at 4pm join in a game of ghost hide and seek. Ages 3+. Free event. T: 0116 225 4900

 

Expressionism: Total Artwork
Tuesday 7 October
12.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Lunchtime gallery talk and tour exploring the artists and stories behind Leicester’s acclaimed German expressionist art collection. Admission free. Max group 20, so pre-booking essential. To book, please call 0116 225 4900.

 

Expressionism: Total Artwork
Sunday 26 October
2.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Join the Curator of Art for an illustrated talk exploring the fascinating history of Leicester’s German Expressionist art collection. Early booking advised, to book please call 0116 225 4900. Not suitable for young children. £3.50

 

Live letter press
Saturday 15 November
1pm - 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Reflecting the German Expressionist interest in graphics, Leicester Print Workshop showcase the letter press printing methods that relates this traditional medium to the immediacy of digital technologies and social media. Free event. T: 0116 225 4900

 

Expressionism: Total Artwork - Shadows and Light – The World of 1920s Weimar Germany
Sunday 23 November
2.30pm
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, to book, please call 0116 225 4900. Adult themes, not suitable for young children. £3.50

 

Expressionism: Total Artwork - Revolutionary Visions – the art of Conrad Felixmüller
Saturday 6 December
2.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Continuing the series of illustrated talks on Leicester’s German Expressionist art collection, this illustrated talk profiles the life and times 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, to book please call 0116 225 4900. Not suitable for young children. £3.50