A Grand Night Out

23 Mar

Image: Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), Self-portrait with hand against cheek (before July 1906) © The Trustees of the British Museum

So this evening, Swansea was buzzing with crowds of arty types milling between no less than 5 galleries opening exhibitions on the same night. I dropped into the effervescent Galerie Simpson to start with, then up to the magnificent Glynn Vivian Art Gallery for the opening of “Portrait Of The Artist – Käthe Kollwitz”. I’ve been desperate to see this show, which had been at Ikon in Birmingham last year, in partnership with the British Museum and supported by the Dorset Foundation. She is one of my heroes and I love her work so much. I’m a total fangirl.

According to the gallery, “Kollwitz’s unique artistic talent, her technical prowess and intelligence, and above all her humanity, can be seen in this exhibition. There is much about the life and work of Kollwitz that instils hope, that is inspiring and life affirming, despite the burden of hardship and sorrow carried by so many of her figures and by herself. Her emphasis was often on what was distinctive about women’s experience, including the fundamental nature and potency of maternal love. She believed that art could be a force for good in society.”

And there’s a book! I had to have it. The exhibition carries on until the 17th of June and I might be running a weekend printmaking masterclass there, linked to the exhibition……. It’s worth a trip to Swansea to see this and the other shows on at the moment at Galerie Simpson, Volcano, Mission Gallery and Elysium, but not on Mondays.




7 Responses to “A Grand Night Out”

  1. sarahjfeatherstone March 27, 2018 at 20:31 #

    I’m going to the talk at the gallery in May. Can’t wait to see the exhibition. Thanks for telling me about her.

  2. alethakuschan March 24, 2018 at 16:51 #

    Kollwitz was such an amazing artist.

  3. Emma Cownie March 24, 2018 at 08:58 #

    I totally forgot about all these! I will call by the Glynn Vivian et al!

  4. Phil Cooper March 24, 2018 at 06:57 #

    That self portrait is haunting, what amazing drawing . I must go visit the museum next time I’m in Berlin!

    • Rosie Scribblah March 24, 2018 at 07:07 #

      Oh do, it’s fabulous. I have been twice now and it’s one of the places that keeps me wanting to go back to Berlin xxx

  5. sheldonk2014 March 24, 2018 at 00:49 #

    I sorry but I must you keep my blood flowing

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