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Sun 27 November 2011 - Sun 12 February 2012
The exhibition showcases around 100 silhouettes from the estate of Silesian artist Maria Louise Kaempffe (1892-1963), complemented by photos, books and other documents. The exhibition introduces us to an artist from the former School of Arts and Crafts in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) and pays tribute to her artistic achievements.
Maria Louise Kaempffe was an artist with many talents, known not only for her paintings but also for breathing new life into the tradition of silhouette art. She grew up in Mückendorf in the district of Strehlen in Lower Silesia and studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Breslau under Professors Karl Hanusch and Hans Poelzig. She continued her work as a drawing teacher in Bad Salzbrunn and Waldenburg. Her silhouettes cover a wide range of subjects from illustrations for Peter Schlemihls wundersamer Geschichte ('The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl') to portraits and dancing. A large part of her work is dedicated to religious motifs, such as the Passion of Christ or the Salvator Mundi, which were published in many books.
The exhibition also aims to investigate the cultural and historical connections between Maria Louise Kaempffe as a Silesian artist and modern-day Poland. She can be regarded as a link between Poland and Germany and a representative of the shared Silesian tradition whose works may contribute to bringing Polish and German people closer together. With this in mind, the catalogue will be published in both languages and hopes to awaken interest in the impressive artworks of Maria Louise Kaempffe in the two neighbouring countries.
This exhibition is part of the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage's federal programme and has been organized by the Museum European Cultures.
Brachenfelder Str. 69
Museum Europäischer Kulturen