Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), a leading 20th century German artist, was known for her drawings, prints (woodcuts, etchings and lithographs), and sculptures. Over a career spanning more than five decades in a largely male-dominated art world, Kollwitz tackled difficult subjects and developed powerful imagery based on her own experiences, her interactions with working-class women in Berlin, and her exposure to the horrors of two world wars.
Kollwitz is recognized today as a strong, empathetic voice at the intersection between art and activism. The exhibition looks at her responses to humanitarian and social justice issues and features prints and posters that protest war, poverty, hunger, and child mortality.
This exhibition is the second in three installations of Kollwitz’s work and celebrates Dr. Brian McCrindle’s extraordinary donation to the AGO of 170 prints, drawings and sculptures by Kollwitz in 2015. This is one of the largest collections of the artist’s work outside Germany.