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«I wish to remain in the world and for the world. The high mountains here will help me.»
E. L. K.
After his artistic experiences in Dresden and Berlin, which established him as one of the leading figures of German expressionism, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner retired to Davos in 1917, traumatized by World War I and in a life-threatening condition. The health resort in the Grisons, initially seen as a short-term escape, soon became a place of salvation and healing in which he experienced a personal and artistic rebirth.
The exhibition Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Davos, hosted by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation and organized in cooperation with the Kirchner Museum Davos and the Archive of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s entire oeuvre, Wichtrach/Bern, falls on the centenary of the artist’s move to Switzerland and is a rare occasion to admire in Italy the magnificent works he produced after 1917. The Swiss Alps became the substitute for vibrating urban life; the monumental mountain panoramas replaced the sensory overload of Berlin’s nightlife.
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