Publ: «Sprung in den Raum» – Skulpturen bei Alfred Flechtheim


Ottfried Dascher (Hg.): Sprung in den Raum Skulpturen bei Alfred Flechtheim
23.5 x 15.8 cm, 504pp,  325 Ills. 
EUR 29.80 / CHF 32.00
ISBN 978-3-03850-023-0
Nimbus Books

The development of sculpture in modern art is still a neglected area in art history. For a long time sculpture was mostly commissioned: monuments, ornamental decoration, or portrait sculpture as immortalization of eminent personalities. The emancipation from the wishes and specifications of clients was ambitious because the production costs for bronze or stone sculpture were significantly higher than for paintings or prints.

ALFRED FLECHTHEIM (1878-1937) was a pioneer of modern sculpture. Around 1910 he acquired Cubist sculptures by Picasso and belonged to the first patrons of Lehmbruck. After establishing his galleries in Düsseldorf (1913) and Berlin (1921), he became an important mediator for young sculptors such as Rudolf Belling, Renée Sintenis, Ernesto de Fiori, Moissey Kogan, Hermann Haller, Arno Breker and G. H. Wolff. Part of his agenda was to create spectacular exhibitions of Degas, Maillol, Laurens, Manolo, Minne, Barlach, Kolbe and others. Through Flechtheim’s activities, the history of sculpture into modernity can be demonstrated in a fascinating way.

This book is edited by Ottfried Dascher and includes contributions by Ursel Berger (Berlin), Yvette Deseyve (Bremen), Jan Giebel (Berlin), Arie Hartog (Bremen), Carolin Jahn (Berlin), Gottlieb Leinz (Essen), Volker Probst (Güstrow), Konrad Schlegel (Wien), Helen Shiner (Oxford), Katja Terlau (Köln), Esther Tisa Francini (Zürich), Beatrice Vierneisel (Berlin), Julia Wallner (Berlin) und Stephan von Wiese (Berlin).


Exh.: Alfred Flechtheim. Modernism’s Art Dealer, Berlin, May-Sept 2017

Alfred Flechtheim. Modernism’s Art Dealer
May 21, 2017 – September 17, 2017

The role played by Alfred Flechtheim (1878–1937) in the history of twentieth-century European art cannot be underestimated. He dealt in his galleries with the most important artworks of his time and was a charismatic driving force for artists, museums and collectors. His publication “Querschnitt” was one of the Weimar Republic’s most intellectually stimulating avant-garde magazines. Flechtheim was surrounded by such popular celebrities as Max Schmeling and illustrious artists like Renée Sintenis. Defamed by anti-Semitic hostilities and threatened by the Nazis, he emigrated from Germany in 1933 and died in exile in 1937. Continue reading “Exh.: Alfred Flechtheim. Modernism’s Art Dealer, Berlin, May-Sept 2017”