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Iconic Intelligence: How Käthe Kollwitz Made Pictures Talk

Käthe Kollwitz was a political artist, at least in the sense that she wanted to have an impact on viewers. But how do her images deliver messages without words? This lecture examines the unique strategy of pictorial communication that Kollwitz developed over seven years while producing her series Peasants' War (1901–1908).

Annette Seeler is an independent scholar and former curator of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum in Berlin. She contributes to projects at a variety of cultural institutions, including the Getty Research Institute, the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg. She has published numerous essays and books on 20th century art, focusing on the work of Käthe Kollwitz, including the catalogue raisonné of the artist's sculpture.

This lecture complements the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics, on view at the Getty Research Institute from December 3, 2019, through March 29, 2020.

Free, advance tickets required. Please visit the 'External Link' below for more information.
Relevant research areas: Western Europe, 19th Century, 20th Century

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