Early on, she became friends with artists such as Alexej von Jawlensky and Ida Kerkovius. A particularly close friend was Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, whose artistic work she supported throughout her life.
Hanna Bekker vom Rath not only built up an art collection, but also offered artists shelter and space to work in her “Blue House” in Hofheim am Taunus.
Especially during the National Socialist era, she helped to ensure that ostracized artists could continue to work.
In addition, from 1940 to 1943, she organized secret exhibitions of these artists’ work and arranged for their works to be shown to interested parties.
Even after the end of the war, she continued to support art, founded the Frankfurt Kunstkabinett, a post-war institution for modern art, and undertook numerous exhibition trips in order to gain international recognition for German art.
A vivid picture of this extraordinary woman is created by a multitude of loans. In addition to paintings by Alexey Jawlensky, textile works by Ida Kerkovius and, of course, many works by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff are shown. A special focus will be on the “Blue House” in Hofheim as a refuge for modernist artists.
The exhibition is co-curated by art historian and granddaughter of Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Marian Stein-Steinfeld.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz.
With works from:
Alexander Archipenko, Alexej von Jawlensky, August Macke, Christian Rohlfs, Emil Nolde, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Ida Kerkovius, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Käthe Kollwitz, Kurt Schwitters, Lyonel Feininger, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, Walter Gramatté, Wassily Kandinsky, Willi Baumeister, a.o.