• Transition exhibition
  • December 18, 2021 – March 20, 2022
  • The Brücke-Museum houses the collection of the estate of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. It includes a body of more than one hundred cultural works from over twenty regions in the world – among them New Guinea, Cameroon, Congo, and Mexico. For the most part, they originate from colonial contexts and are part of the German Expressionists’ practice of cultural appropriation.

    The Transition Exhibition contextualises this part of Schmidt-Rottluff’s collection from a critical perspective for the first time. It is a presentation of the collection as well as an engagement with the format of exhibiting collections traversed by the violence of colonialism.  Contemporary artists and cultural practitioners were invited by curator Paz Guevara to engage with the works and their colonial history. Their artistic interventions intend to problematise and unlearn colonial continuities in the presentation of the collection, and offer propositions for new narratives and agencies.

    The intensive artistic confrontation with the history of collecting and exhibiting has inspired discussions about the critical indexing of works from colonial contexts, provenance research and the restitution debate within the context of the Brücke-Museum’s active collection work.

    With works by Ruth Buchanan, Mariana Castillo Deball, Lizza May David, Marina Dubia, Haytham El-Wardany, Manuela García Aldana, Lisa Hilli, Satch Hoyt, Saba Innab, Keiko Kimoto, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi, Nnenna Onuoha, Gabriel Rosell Santillán and Hank Willis Thomas, as well as other once known artists.

    Curator: Paz Guevara

    At the same time, the Brücke-Museum is hosting the exhibition Whose Expression? The Brücke Artists and the colonial context, a cooperation with the Statens Museum, Copenhagen and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

    A cooperation with the Brücke-Museum


    With the kind support of the Karl und Emy Schmidt-Rottluff Stiftung

    The digitisation of the objects is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Project Partner is the  Forschungs- und Kompetenzzentrum Digitalisierung Berlin (digiS).

    The inreach project Reflections: Colonial Legacies at the Brücke is supported by the “Zeitgeschichte und Erinnerungskultur” project fund of the State of Berlin.

    The project Various Answers is developed as part of  “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.


Transition Exhibition, an exhibition of the Brücke-Museum in the Kunsthaus Dahlem, Installationview, Foto: Roman März