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Making Modern: the Women of the German Modern

6 July 2023

5 days from £2,290pp

This Art Pursuits tour examines the synthesis of gender, politics and art in a transformative historical moment. Explore the works of Kollwitz, Modersohn-Becker, and other women who contributed to the German Modern. 
  • Stay on Bremen’s Böttcherstraße, famous for its expressionist architecture
  • Discover the story of Käthe Kollwitz, Berlin’s most famous female artist
  • Explore the artists’ colony at Worpswede, past and present
  • Take in 7 centuries of artistic history at Bremen’s art gallery
Although the rise of German Modern was shaped by contributions from men and women in all its cultural manifestations, it is the masculine contribution that has been most celebrated and closely examined. Yet to enter this world through the eyes of the women who participated in it offers a wholly different experience, often challenging the male-centric narratives of Expressionism and the seismic events of the early 20th century. One of the few female artists to gain recognition during her lifetime was Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). A committed pacifist, her work advocated for social change and justice, often charting the struggles of the poorest and most marginalised members of society. Working as a painter, sculptor and printmaker, she found ways to disseminate her ideas to the masses and was fearless in her political standpoint; there is a compassion and intimacy to her work that is innately, movingly and fascinatingly feminine. In contrast to Kollwitz’s career, Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) remained relatively unknown during her short lifetime but is posthumously credited with ushering in the great German Expressionist movement. This is in part due to her openness and curiosity towards the work of her international contemporaries, a curiosity that drew her to study in Paris for periods of her life, where she adored the work of the post-impressionists, an admiration that was not shared by many of her artistic colleagues at Worpswede. Amongst others, discover the work of these bold, female pioneers on this essential new Art Pursuits tour.

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Your Accommodation

Maritim proArte Hotel


The Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin is located on the famous Friedrichstrasse, with the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Galeries Lafayette and the Gendarmenmarkt only a brief walk away.

Radisson Blu, Bremen


Located in Bremen’s heart, you’ll wake up each morning in Böttcherstraße - a work of art in its own right - and enjoy the central location of Bremen's old town between the Weser River and the Market Square. You’ll also be staying at the city’s most sustainable hotel with an official Green Key and BREEAM certification.