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Woodcut and Wooden Sculpture
5 March – 4 June 2023



Hermann Scherer (1893–1927) is one of Switzerland’s most important expressionists. In 1924 he takes a radical new direction: inspired by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the trained stonemason works in wood for the first time. He produces 25 sculptures and over 100 woodcuts until his early death in 1927.

The new material brings a stylistic change. With forceful strokes, Scherer shapes harsh visual worlds. His life’s themes of love and libidinousness, togetherness and loneliness, angst and excess are sharply intensified in the woodcuts.

This exhibition, realised in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur and the artist’s estate, shows 5 of Scherer’s sculptures, 50 major graphic works and for the first time 15 reliefs: powerfully worked blocks with which he printed his woodcuts.

In Hamburg Hermann Scherer’s woodcuts, printing blocks and wooden sculptures interact with those of Ernst Barlach (1870–1938) – two tough expressionists in dialogue.