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Painter. Mentor. Magician.

Press release


Painter. Mentor. Magician: Otto Mueller and his Network in Wrocław  

Jankel Adler, Alexander Archipenko, Isidor Aschheim, Henryk Berlewi, Alexander Camaro, Johnny Friedlaender, Grete Jahr-Queißer, Alexander Kanoldt, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ludwig Peter Kowalski, Margarete Kubicka, Stanisław Kubicki, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Carlo Mense, Oskar Moll, Marg Moll, Johannes Molzahn, Georg Muche, Otto Mueller, Żdzisław Nitka, Oskar Schlemmer, Willy Schmidt, Horst Strempel, Heinrich Tischler, Witkacy, i.a.

The exhibition PAINTER. MENTOR. MAGICIAN. is the first to spotlight the enormous influence of the former Brücke artist and expressionist Otto Mueller (1874–1930): for over ten years the artist was engaged as a teacher at the State Academy of Arts and Crafts in Wrocław, which at that time was one of the most progressive schools of art in Europe. Particularly from the 1920s onwards, the Wrocław Academy had a reputation for cosmopolitanism and liberality, thanks to the numerous new appointments made by the director at that time, Oskar Moll. This was a place where the many-faceted movements in modern art stood side by side as equals: Expressionism with Otto Mueller, French Peinture of the Académie Matisse with Oskar Moll, New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) with Alexander Kanoldt and Carlo Mense and Bauhaus with Oskar Schlemmer, Georg Muche or Johannes Molzahn.