German Revolution Expressionist prints

2 October 2020 – 28 February 2021

This exhibition explores how the social, political, sexual and moral struggles taking place during the turbulent period of the German Revolution (1918-1919) moved artists to produce such powerful and dramatic imagery.

Featuring work by some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, including Picasso, Kollwitz, Munch, Schiele and Beckmann, this monumental group of radical and diverse works looks at the very different responses artists had to the anarchy and violence of civil war. Some were a bid to escape the turmoil of the revolution, while others were a desperate cry for change. Even today, these visceral images still possess a universal power to stir the emotions.

Must-see items include two works by Käthe Kollwitz, La Carmagnole of 1901 and Helft Russland (Help Russia) of 1921; In the Man’s Brain by Edvard Munch of 1897; Max Beckmann’s Adam and Eve of 1917 and Pablo Picasso’s The Frugal Meal of 1904.

The exhibition is drawn from the collection of The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.


Caption: Pablo Picasso, The Frugal Repast (Creative Commons)


Further information:
  • Restricted opening times Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm; Booking is essential
  • Free entry
  • Location Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral CH62 5EQ
  • Getting there: By Car: if you are travelling from Liverpool, use the Birkenhead (Queensway) tunnel. From elsewhere, leave the M53 at junction 4 and follow the signs for Port Sunlight village; By Bus: 464 bus to Bebington Road (from Sir Thomas St in Liverpool)
  • 38 bus to Bebington rail station (runs between Clatterbridge Hospital and West Kirby station)
  • For more information please call 0151 478 4136