At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Undiscovered Meteors

Ludwig Meidner – Ernst Barlach
The painter, graphic artist and poet Ludwig Meidner is one of the most fascinating modernist artists and one who worked in range of genres. His work, a reflection of social changes and personal crises, persuades through its passion, sensitivity and obstinacy. This publication presents Meidner’s art from the 1910s – eruptive “Apocalyptic Landscapes”, vivid portraits and self-portraits, tense street and café scenes, cryptic portrayals of prophets – in a dialogue with the major works of Ernst Barlach and presents the literary work of both artists, bringing two masters of German Expressionism together, who are usually viewed as polar opposites. Beyond the clichés of the urban rebel Meidner and the pious recluse Barlach, this book offer a view of the diverse view of humanity of both artists – and uncovers noteworthy parallels.

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"Undiscovered Meteors"

July 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-336-2

19,50 x 25,00 cm

176 Pages

115 colored and 6 b/w illustrations

Hardcover with clothbound, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Karsten Müller, Ernst Barlach Haus, Stiftung, Hermann F. Reemtsma, Hamburg

Karsten Müller and Hans-Jürgen Schwalm

with selected prose by Ludwig Meidner and Ernst Barlach
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „ Unter unerforschlichen Meteoren LUDWIG MEIDNER – ERNST BARLACH“, 11 October 2009 to 31 January 2010, Ernst Barlach Haus, Stiftung Hermann F. Reemtsma, Hamburg, February 2010, Kunsthalle Recklinghausenv, 14 February to 18 April 2010.