Käthe Kollwitz moved in several very different circles. She made friendships through her older siblings Konrad and Julie, during her carefree student days in Berlin and above all Munich – away from her parents and her hometown. At a young age, she had already met contacts and role models who would shape her own artistic path, among them figures that would remain loyal friends until her death. These include illustrious figures such Max Liebermann and Albert Einstein, as well as lesser-known individuals such as the Jewish collector Julius Freund, Kollwitz’s much-admired fellow student Marianne Fiedler or the patron Hermann F. Reemtsma. Artworks, letters and photographs depict their relationships and illustrate the significance of their friendships through all phases of the artist’s life. Find out more about the Käthe Kollwitz exhibition from the museum’s website.
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