Ludwig Meidner (1884 Bernstadt, Silesia – 1966 Darmstadt) is one of the most outstanding and versatile artist personalities of the 20th century given that he registered the convulsions and upheavals of his time with a seismographic sense and reflected on them in both his pictorial and literary work.
The focal point of the exhibition “Ludwig Meidner –Encounters” is on portraits by the artist of numerous writers, politicians, journalists and artists he was acquainted with. The exhibition concentrates on the artist’s expressionist heyday, in the 1910s and 1920s, and enables exciting “encounters” with more than 30 important protagonists of the Weimar Republic.
Among them are several illustrious persons like Bella Chagall, writer and wife of Marc Chagall, the Austrian journalist Felix Stössinger, a friend of Albert Einstein, or the poet Ernst Wilhelm Lotz, with whom Meidner shared an apartment and studio in Dresden in 1914. Meidner’s portraits of these complex personalities – complemented with documentary materials – invite the visitor to make their own “encounters” with these distinguished persons. The drawings, prints and paintings on view at the Artists’ Colony Museum are mainly from the stocks of the Darmstadt Municipal Art Collection. Among them are some works by the artist that are on public display for the very first time.
The joint exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of Meidner’s death is supported by the Cultural Fund Frankfurt Rhine-Main [Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain] and features exhibitions in the Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt – Artists’ Colony Museum, the Museum Giersch of the Goethe University, the City Museum Hofheim am Taunus, the Meidner Society, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, the Kunstarchiv Darmstadt, and the Darmstadt Art Gallery Netuschil.