Friday, June 29, 2012

Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin

John and I found the Kollwitz Museum in a 19th century residential home on elegant Fasanenstrasse in the Kufürstendamm neighbourhood of Berlin.
The first floor zeroed in on letters, books and prints by the famous artist but it was on the third floor that we found what we were hoping to see - drawings and sculptures by Kollwitz.
I especially loved her charcoal drawings. Such powerful and emotional marks!
John liked this small relief sculpture in bronze.
After visiting the Kollwitz collection, we stepped into the rear sculpture garden
which featured one of David Smith's kinetic Cubis series sculptures in stainless steel.
I love how the burnished surfaces of the moving metal rectangles reflected the garden and sky in the garden.
We slipped out of the sculpure garden into the grounds of the Literaturhaus next door in hopes of getting a table at their highly praised cafe
but the well-heeled locals had already arrived for their lunch.
Soon we found ourselves back on Kufürstendamm, the ritzy Parisian-looking shopping street for high-priced boutiques.
We loved the signage along the way as we headed for the closest subway entrance.


  1. Hi Guys
    Wonderful photos, the drawings are particularly enchating. Doesn't sculpture literally take on a life of its own once outdoors?
    Enjoy your trip,

  2. Hi Simon
    Kollwitz' drawings were the high point for me in the museum and I must agree that sculpture looks wonderful in the outdoors. We're actually back in Toronto now but still trying to catch up on stories and pictures from Berlin.

  3. I'll look forward to the next Tale...