ARTE presents "Kollwitz - A Life with Art and War"
German television premier on July 5 at 10.05 p.m. Born 8 July 1867, this year marks the 150th anniversary of her birth. Using her diaries and drawings, as well as conversations with descendants and international experts, the film sets out to discover one of the most charismatic women of the 20th century, whose life was defined primarily by irrepressible, never diminishing passion.
Graphic designer and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is one of the most important German artists of all time. Her work is known around the world, fetching high prices at art auctions. And her memorial "Mourning Parents" in the soldiers' graveyard outside of the Belgian village of Vladslo is one of the most important sepulchral sculptures of the 20th century. But how much do we really know about Käthe Kollwitz? Who was this woman who now looks out at us so directly from countless portraits? She was one of the first women permitted to study art in Munich and was a recognised artist even under the Kaiser. Fun-loving, curious and committed, she was also a politically strong voice in her time. None of her work is without a message. Terrible misfortune, including the loss of her son Peter in World War I, shattered her life. Themes such as grief, loss, poverty, hunger and war became much more prevalent in her work.
Some scenes and interviews were shot at Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln (http://www.kollwitz.de). The Museum will celebrate the artist's anniversary on July 8 with a broad agenda including a performance of the film from 6 p.m. Members of the Kollwitz family will be present as well as screenwriter Sonya Winterberg und director Yury Winterberg.