Curator's tour: Art of the word

2/4/24 to 3/3/24 in Güstrow

© Ernst Barlach Stiftung

The next dates:

  • Sunday, Mar 3, 202414:00 - 15:00 clock
Exhibition, Guided Tours & Tours

Guided tour of the special exhibition through the exhibition "Art of the Word" with Franziska Hell.

The current special exhibition "Art of the Word" is accompanied by a tour with curator Franziska Hell.

The act of reading, the power of the written word and the individual imagination of a text that arises during reading have fascinated the visual arts for centuries. Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) also devoted himself to the theme of reading in his work. In addition to sculptural works with corresponding motifs, he created extensive graphic cycles illustrating his own dramas and travelogues, as well as works by Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and Heinrich Kleist (1777-1811), among others. Barlach's enthusiasm for literature was also reflected in his own literary activities. In addition to eight dramas, the artist wrote numerous poems and short texts in which he thematized interpersonal relationships in all their facets.


The exhibition invites visitors to approach Barlach's literary work through his visual art. The presentation of motif interrelationships also points to the intertwining of the various métiers used by the multi-talented artist. Thus, motifs can be found in Barlach's oeuvre that the artist defined for the first time either in his literature or in his pictorial work and then used again in the respective other medium. The demonstration of these motif relationships once again makes the complexity and multi-layered nature of Barlach's work tangible.


Picture gallery

Good to know

Event dates
  • Sunday, Feb 4, 2024 14:00 - 15:00 clock
  • Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 14:00 - 15:00 clock
Event Location

Ernst Barlach Museums Güstrow

Heidberg 15
18273 Güstrow


Contact the organiser

Ernst Barlach Foundation

Heidberg 15
18273 Güstrow


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