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WAG's German Expressionism exhibition to open on Nuit Blanche

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Storm and Spirit: The Eckhardt-Gramatté Collection of German Expressionist Art opens Sept. 28 and is the final exhibition of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s centennial year.

Most of the 84 works on display were part of a major donation of art from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation and were originally owned by Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, WAG director from 1953 to 1974, and his wife, composer and musician Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté.

"Storm and Spirit pays tribute to the heart of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation’s generous gift, its holdings of German and Austrian Expressionist art," says Andrew Kear, curator of historical Canadian art.

German Expressionism was a modern artistic movement borne of rebellious disenchantment with the existing order. It came to designate a wide range of attitudes and artistic practices fostered by individuals and groups working, for the most part, in Dresden, Munich, Vienna, and Berlin before and after the First World War.

The exhibition includes works by Walter Gramatté, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, and Emil Nolde. The scope of the show has been broadened by a selection of graphic works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and others.

The exhibition opens on Friday, with a public opening at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 28 as part of Nuit Blanche. It continues until Dec. 8. More on the exhibit is available on the WAG's website.

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