Gerhard Marcks and Alfred Partikel

April, 13th - September, 8th 2019


Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop
Weg zum Hohen Ufer 36, Ahrenshoop


In April 2019, the founding of the Weimar Bauhaus marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation. Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981), one of the most important German sculptors and graphic artists of the 20th century, was next to Lyonel Feininger the first "Formmeister", whom the founding director Walter Gropius appointed to the later world-famous Thuringian art school. His work as director of the Dornhaus pottery workshops, which belonged to the Bauhaus, shaped the early Bauhaus, just as Marcks himself was influenced by the revolutionary spirit of the young school. When the orientation of the school changed in the context of the Bauhaus move to Dessau in the mid-1920s, Gerhard Marcks left the Bauhaus and moved to the Burg Giebichenstein art school in Halle / Saale.
For the self-conception of the artists at the early Bauhaus, it was crucial to be part of a group of like-minded individuals who, from individual positions, all pursued the common idea of ​​a redesign of the modern lifeworld in the sense of a contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk. Gerhard Marcks took this self-conception into his later life. It was the main motivation for the care of his numerous artist friendships. Among them was the painter Alfred Partikel (1888-1945) a particularly intimate and longtime. She led u. a. to the fact that Gerhard Marcks settled in the early 1930s in Niehagen on the Fischland and survived there the end of the Second World War.
Gerhard Marcks and Alfred Partikel knew each other from a common Berlin period before the First World War. When Marcks went to the Weimar Bauhaus in April 1919, the artists did not lose sight of each other. A document of the cordial friendship of both over the spatial distance between Berlin and Dornburg is the "Osteraltärchen" created by them in 1920 together.


The contact became even closer, as Marcks in 1925 had transferred to the castle Giebichenstein and Particles had built his house in the Ahrenshooper village street. Marcks was now a frequent summer guest of the particle family, and in 1930 he bought his own house in neighboring Niehagen, which he expanded after his release from the castle Giebichenstein in 1933, to now for extended periods until 1946, after the destruction of his studio apartment in Berlin 1943 to withdraw completely to the Fischland. Just as Gerhard Marcks established his life as an artist between Halle / Saale, Berlin and Niehagen, Alfred Partikel, since 1929 a professor of landscape painting at the Art Academy in Königsberg, commuted between Königsberg, Berlin and Ahrenshoop. The proximity to nature in Ahrenshoop was for both the background of a spiritual reflection, by means of which they anchored themselves artistically. Humanely, their friendship became even more important when each artist lost a son in World War II. When Alfred Partikel disappeared in October 1945 in the Ahrenshooper wood in an unsolved way, Gerhard Marcks built a memorial stone for his friend in the village.
The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop represents important aspects of artist friendship between Gerhard Marcks and Alfred Partikel. The focus is on the common Ahrenshooper refuge and its artistic impact.
Gerhard Marcks would have been 130 years old in 2019, Alfred Partikel a year earlier. The exhibition also honors the "two birthdays" of both artists.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with numerous illustrations.

Site Plan Ahrenshoop