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Works from the Wilke Collection in the permanent exhibition

To mark the 125th birthday of Conrad Felixmüller (1897-1977), the Berlinische Galerie is presenting 37 graphic works and archival material from the Wilke Collection in a room of the permanent exhibition. Hans-Jürgen Wilke was Felixmüller's last printer and worked with him from 1970 until his death in 1977. Wilke's extensive collection of prints shows the versatile work of Felixmüller, who lived through two world wars and different political systems. The human being was always at the center of his depictions. The loans are complemented by a watercolor and a painting from the collection of the Berlinische Galerie.

Conrad Felixmüller, Selbstbildnis (mit Palette), 1929, Gouache auf Aquarellbütten
Conrad Felixmüller, Selbstbildnis (mit Palette), 1929, Gouache auf Aquarellbütten © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Works on display

Self-portraits run through the entire oeuvre of Conrad Felixmüller and illustrate his artistic development from an expressive pictorial language to clear forms. From the mid-1920s, Felixmüller also produced many representative portraits of intellectuals and collectors such as Carl Sternheim and Max Liebermann. These large portrait woodcuts are considered the highlights of his printmaking oeuvre.


In 1920 Felixmüller was awarded the Saxon State Prize, which was usually associated with a two-year stay in Rome. However, the artist alternatively used the scholarship for a longer stay in the working-class milieu in the Ruhr region. The socially critical pictures created there, some of which can be seen in the exhibition, illustrate the sometimes precarious working and living conditions of the proletariat.

Another part of the exhibition is devoted to landscape and city views. After the artist's Berlin studio apartment was bombed in 1944, he moved to Tautenhain in the Saxon province. Felixmüller was very interested in rural life and that of the villagers and captured this in many prints. In 1961 he came to Berlin and in the last years of his work he devoted himself increasingly to urban motifs.

Biography

Conrad Felix Müller, who adopted the artist's name Felixmüller from 1917, was born in Dresden on May 21, 1897. He noticed his passion for drawing early on and, with special permission from Carl Bantzer, was able to study in Bantzer's painting class at the Royal Academy of Art in Dresden at the age of 15.

As an autodidact, Felixmüller acquired various graphic techniques. At the age of 18 he settled in Dresden as a freelance painter and became a spokesman for Expressionism after the First World War. He published essays and prints in politically left-wing magazines such as "Der Sturm" and "Die Aktion". When his revolutionary ideas were not fulfilled, he ended his political activities and increasingly distanced himself from his early Expressionist work.

From 1934 to 1941 Felixmüller lived in Berlin with his wife Londa and his two children Titus and Luca. Because of his earlier political stance, he was increasingly ostracized from the art world by the National Socialists. 40 of his paintings were shown in the "Degenerate Art" exhibition in Dresden and over 150 works were confiscated from German museum collections.

In 1949 Felixmüller received a professorship for painting and drawing at the Martin Luther University in Halle. In 1961 he moved back to Berlin to the district of Köpenick. Since his works could not be reconciled with official state art even in the GDR, the artist left for the West Berlin district of Zehlendorf in 1967. There he died shortly before his 80th birthday on March 24, 1977.
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