"The provenance element to the exhibition was something I really liked [...]. It’s so impressive that these works have been brought together: I really enjoyed the exhibition and the way it communicated the works’ background information" artist Katrin Winkler said after our day at the Liebermann Villa on Berlin's Wannsee.

Experiencing the #London1938 exhibition through the eyes of German and British artists

The exhibition London 1938: Defending 'Degenerate' German Art at the Liebermann Villa in Berlin’s Wannsee brings together a representative sample of the original London artworks, together with documentary information regarding their lenders in 1938, the reasons for their loans, and the impact of the exhibition in both Britain and Germany. 

Ahead of the unique exhibition, we offered four places for artists based in the UK and Germany on an emerging artists’ programme to develop their practice and extend their networks by visiting and responding to the exhibition. We were thrilled by the high quality applications we received and delighted to welcome the two UK-based artists Catriona Robertson and Chris Alton and the two Germany-based artists Leonie Brandner and Katrin Winkler in Berlin.

Together with the curator Dr. Lucy Wasensteiner, they spent a day at the exhibition, learned more about the background of the paintings and their lenders and got inspired for their own artistic practice.Watch this space to see some of their responses to the art works currently exhibited at the Liebermann Villa!

What has inspired our emerging the artists the most? Take a look at how they experienced the day at the Villa:

"I was particularly impressed and touched by the very personal stories behind the paintings in the exhibition. The focus on the lenders and the journey that the pieces have made I found incredibly interesting and it brought something very special to the exhibition." -  Leonie Brandner.

The young artists are meeting eachother and can build important networks in the arts scene in Germany and the UK.
A tour of the villa by director Dr. Martin Fass inspired Chris Alton: "I was interested in this will that there was to bring the building and the gardens back to how they were at that particular time; and how the building and gardens act as a sort of memorial to Liebermann. The place however does not feel sorrowful, it has a joy and vitality about it. There are compassionate qualities to the exhibition and the villa which I’m drawn to"
How have the young artists experienced this extraordinary exhibition? Watch this space to learn more in our short documentary film coming soon!

"I’m interested in the strange forgotten period of the building itself, and the uncovering of the building and garden’s layers of history: we see the replanting of the birch-trees, the new fireplace, shadows where paintings used to be… I’m curious about this lost moment that has been rediscovered." – Catriona Robertson

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