Fig.: Lotte Laserstein, Self-Portrait before a Red Curtain, 1924-5, currently exhibited at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Exhibition Lotte Laserstein, Face to Face,
Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 9/19/2018 - 3/17/2019
The Frankfurt Städel Museum presents the painter Lotte Laserstein (1898-1993) in a comprehensive solo exhibition, which we were able to support by arranging several loans.
Laserstein, a Berlin-based 'Neue Sachlichkeit' painter, produced her best work between 1925 and 1933. Independently minded, she rejected conventional norms, perhaps because her unusual lifestyle and her homosexuality stamped her as an outsider. Nevertheless, she was admitted to the Berlin Academy of Art – a rare achievement for a woman. After leaving the Academy she set up a studio in Berlin where she painted and taught. She exhibited widely across Germany and showed three paintings at the 1937 Paris World’s Fair. Part-Jewish, she was forced to leave Germany in 1937 and settled in Sweden. In the war years and later she managed to scrape a living by painting portraits. But like many other exiled artists of her generation, she never succeeded in regaining the international recognition she had once had. Her work was largely forgotten after her death in 1993 but an exhibition at the London fine art dealer Agnew’s in 1987 led to a rediscovery of her oeuvre. Numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries followed. German museums now hold important examples of her work: the Nationalgalerie in Berlin has acquired Evening over Potsdam from 1930 and the Städel in Frankfurt Russian Girl with Compact from 1928.
More information about the exhibition can be found here.