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'German Art in the Age of Expressionism' opens at Art Museum, Jan. 29

"Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of Expressionism," an overview of late-19th-and early-20th-century German art, will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, June 9.

Organized by Laura M. Giles, associate curator of prints and drawings, the exhibition comprises 37 works, including loans from several private collections in Princeton and the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. It is the first exhibition of its kind to be held at the art museum, whose German holdings were enhanced in 1990 with a major bequest from Sophie Goldberg Bargmann and Valentine Bargmann. The exhibition's large number of graphic works highlights one of the museum's less well-known strengths, while illustrating the tremendous accomplishments in original printmaking carried out in Germany at the dawn of modernism.

The title of the exhibition implies a broad historical context, addressing the variety of innovative and avant-garde styles that transformed the artistic landscape of Germany between the establishment of the Wilhelmine Empire in 1871, and Hitler's takeover of the short-lived Weimar Republic in 1933. This period of cataclysmic political and social change also witnessed the dramatic rise of the artistic movement called Expressionism.

The art museum is open to the public without charge. Free highlights tours of the collection are given every Saturday at 2 p.m. For further information, please call (609) 258-3788.

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Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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