Käthe Kollwitz: A Retrospective (MoMA)

Starr Figura (Ed)

MoMA, 2024


“I have no right to withdraw from the responsibility of being an advocate,” the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) wrote in 1920. “It is my duty to voice the sufferings of people, which are neverending and as large as a mountain.” In the early decades of the twentieth century, as many of her peers were experimenting with abstraction, Kollwitz was widely recognized for virtuosic drawings and prints that focused on social advocacy and compassion—directly engaging with the struggles of the working class and powerfully asserting the potential of women as agents of change.

Published to accompany a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this beautifully illustrated volume surveys Kollwitz’s career as it unfolded in Berlin from the 1890s to the 1940s—a period of turmoil marked by the trauma of two world wars. Examples of the artist’s most iconic creations showcase her political engagement, while rarely seen studies and working proofs highlight her intensive, ever-searching creative process. A series of essays explores Kollwitz’s art, career, and legacy, including her life in Berlin, her radical approach to the subject of women’s grief, and her work’s enduring influence on socially conscious artists in the United States.


ISBN: 9781633451612

256 pagina's, 190 illustraties in kleur, 27 x 23 cm, hardcover, Engels