Kathe Kollwitz: Artist of the People
14 February - 21 April 2002
Blackwell reopened in 2002 with an exhibition exploring the craft of printmaking. The house was a particularly appropriate setting for the etchings and lithographs of German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945).
She shared many of the ideals of the "founding fathers" of the Arts and Crafts movement, John Ruskin and William Morris. She felt passionate about the plight of the poor and took up printing in order to put her art in reach of the very people she was depicting. She also drew on another art form, literature, for much of her inspiration at a time when it was writers who were leading the way in the development of social realism.
The exhibition itself focuses on two early cycles: The Weaver's Revolt and The Peasant's War. Completing these are several powerful images of death, as well as a number of remarkable self-portraits. This is a National Touring Exhibition from the Hayward Gallery.