The exhibition “Sascha Wiederhold. Rediscovery of a Forgotten Artist” shows works by this unknown artist for the first time in nearly half a century. The single-artist exhibition is also the very first museum presentation dedicated to this artist alone. Wiederhold (1904– 1962) began painting in 1924 and belonged to the circle around Herwarth Walden’s Berlin gallery Der Sturm. During the Nazi period, he discontinued his practice and worked as a bookseller; today, only few of Wiederhold’s works survive. The Neue Nationalgalerie is pleased to present more than fifty of Wiederhold’s paintings and drawings in its Kabinett.
Image above: Sascha Wiederhold, Archers, 1928, oil on cardboard on canvas, 204 x 240 cm, National Museums in Berlin, National Gallery, acquired 2021 by the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation, Photo: Galerie Brockstedt © Sebastian Schobbert © Legal Successor Sascha Wiederhold
Wiederhold’s imagery consists of wildly whirling shapes and patterns in intense colors. The large paintings convey an almost psychedelic visual experience.
The new acquisition of the painting Bogenschützen (Archers, 1928) for the collection of the Nationalgalerie in 2021 was a first step toward the artist’s rediscovery. The painting has been on show in the exhibition “The Art of Society 1900–1945” since the museum reopened in the summer of 2021. Wiederhold also created theatrical scenery, posters, and book covers, which form a further part of this first solo museum exhibition.
A catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition by Verbrecher Verlag (180 pages, German with approx. 120 color illustrations, Price: 29 Euro). The catalogue is made possible by Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.
Curator: Dieter Scholz, Neue Nationalgalerie
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 2. July 2022 to Sunday, 8, January 2023
Opening hours: Tue.-Wed. 10–6; Thur. 10–8; Fri.–Sun. 10–6
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