Chronicler of the landscape
March, 23rd - June, 10th 2019
Mühlenstraße 12, Schwaan
Today, the Kunstmuseum Schwaan is one of the gems of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and has opened up a large and growing circle of art lovers through the multitude of groundbreaking exhibitions.
In 2017, on the occasion of the 175th birthday of Theodor Hagen, the Kunstmuseum created its reference to the artists' colony Schwaan with a special exhibition. Well, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Weimar painter's death, the relationship of the Schwaan artists to Weimar and the Grand Ducal Saxon Art School should be clarified.
Almost all representatives of the artists' colony Schwaan were students of the Weimar landscape painter Theodor Hagen and have often been inspired in parallel and for many years by this landscape around Weimar and Schwaan. As a teacher, Hagen gave his students great freedom and tried to help them develop their individual perspectives.
The large cross-section of the exhibition shows in over 80 oil paintings works of his students and companions from the English, French and Dutch coastal landscape on the Italian Adriatic coast and the Alps to Bornholm and the forest landscape near Riga. In addition to the works of Theodor Hagens, a total of 15 of his more than 70 still well-known pupils and pupils are presented with their paintings. They include, among others, the important painters Carl Malchin, Paul Wilhelm Tübbecke and Freiherr Heinrich Ludwig von Gleichen-Rußwurm.
The presentation is probably unique in this diversity in northern Germany.