A Journey Out of Darkness: Leicester's Collection of German Expressionist Art

1 Jan 2010 – 2 May 2010

Regular hours

10:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30
10:00 – 16:30

Cost of entry

Free admission

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Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • The museum is less than ten minutes walk from Leicester train station.
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A Journey Out of Darkness is a stunning exhibition of over 100 artworks, which explores the development of Leicester's German Expressionist art collection.

The collection, which began in 1944 amidst the darkness of war with paintings saved from destruction in Nazi Germany, now numbers over 350 artworks, the first and largest of its kind in the UK.

The initial collection began with works acquired from a groundbreaking exhibition, 'Mid-European Art', which took place at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in 1944.

The exhibition featured works from private collections, which were brought to England for safe keeping from the Nazis by artists and private collectors. Expressionist art was a revolutionary art form pivotal in the evolution of modern art which was attacked and outlawed in Hitler's Germany.

Leicester Arts & Museums Service are celebrating the 65th anniversary of this exhibition by showing some of their finest examples of German Expressionist art, with additional works which prefigured or were influenced by Expressionism.

The exciting works selected are a testament to the energy, breadth and enduring quality of the collection. Included in the exhibition are works by Marc, Kandinsky, Münter, Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, Kirchner, Neuschul, Kollwitz, Dix, Feininger and Grosz.


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