Starting November 10, 2019, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are presenting the exhibition “Folklore & Avantgarde. The Reception of Popular Traditions in the Age of Modernism” at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. This major survey exhibition takes a new look at the art of the early twentieth century. The age of Modernism tends to be associated with a departure from previous traditions and a new universal approach to art. However the Kunstmuseen Krefeld now explore the fascinating manner in which local popular traditions – especially handicrafts and folk art – influenced the protagonists of the avant-garde as they developed a new artistic language. The Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, which has been establishing links between art and everyday culture since its foundation, is the ideal site for this exhibition. "Folklore & Avantgarde" is the most ambitious show ever organized by the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum.
A catalog to accompany the exhibition, featuring texts by Katia Baudin, Elina Knorpp, Paul N'Guessan-Béchié, Gerda Breuer, Valery Dymshyts, Magdalena Holzhey, Jevgenia Iljukhina, Marjorie Jongbloed, Christina Kallieris, Wolfgang Kaschuba, Ákos Moravánszky, Erik Näslund, Valerie Rousseau, and Virginia Gardner Troy, will be published by Hirmer Verlag (German/English).
The exhibition is part of the Centenary project “100 years of bauhaus in the west” of the Ministery for Culture and Science of the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia as well as the Rhineland Regional Council and the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Council. Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen is the patron of the project.
Katia Baudin, Director of Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Elina Knorpp, Art Historian, Cologne
Meyer Voggenreiter and Nicole Miller
Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Theodor Bogler, Constantin Brancusi, Heinrich Campendonk, Marc Chagall, Nils Dardel, Sonia Delaunay, Johannes Driesch, Paul Gauguin, Natalia Goncharova, Marsden Hartley, Morris Hirshfield, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mikhail Larionov, Le Corbusier, Otto Lindig, El Lissitzky, Heinrich Macke, Kazimir Malevich, Ger-hard Marcks, Gabriele Münter, Elie Nadelman, Pablo Picasso, Nico Pirosmani, Charles Sheeler, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Johan Thorn Prikker, Frank Lloyd Wright, and examples of folk art
Works on loan from (selection)
American Folk Art Museum, New York; Centre National des arts plastiques, Paris; Dansmuseet Stockholm; Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen; Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig; Hetjens Keramik Museum, Dusseldorf; Ikonen Museum, Recklinghausen; Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany (Connecticut); Kirchner-Museum, Davos; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris; Musée national Picasso-Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich; Museum Ludwig, Köln; New York Historical Society; Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Stiftung Hans Arp und Sophie Taeuber-Arp e.V., Remagen; The Jewish Museum, New York; Tretyakov Galerie, Moscow; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven