Ein Tag vor dem Winter 07. November 2020 - 27. February 2021

About the exhibition

At the start of the winter session, the Samuelis Baumgarte Gallerie is pleased to present you the extensive group exhibition Ein Tag vor dem Winter (One day before winter) with 30 masterpieces of classical modernism. Following our longstanding tradition of curating exhibitions by outstanding international artists, Brücke artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff are put in dialogue with main representatives of the 'Blue Rider' such as Gabriele Münter, as well as masterpieces by Emil Nolde, Max Ernst and Max Liebermann. These outstanding positions represent key works for every collection. They impressively testify that art can become a light in the dark even in challenging times. And this in many ways!

The vernissage of the exhibition “Ein Tag vor dem Winter" (One day before winter)  will take place on Friday, November 7th, 2020 at 5 pm and 7 pm, with an introduction by Rouven Lotz, Sci. Head, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen. It is essential to register for the vernissage, stating the preferred time. A catalog for the exhibition will also be published.

The tremendous upheavals at the beginning of the 20th century were evident in the change from the empire and dictatorship to democracy in Germany. The political and social changes not only had a major impact on everyday life, but also on the art world. Impressionist artists such as Max Liebermann and Lesser Ury discovered the avant-garde artistic possibilities that the still young century offered. Works like An der Havel in einem Gartenrestaurant (At the Havel in a Garden Restaurant), around 1925 show this impressively. The Stillleben mit Krügen und Kerze (Still Life with Jugs and Candles), 1927 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, embodies the innovative new style of Expressionism. The other “Brücke artists” such as Karl Schmidt-Rottluff or Erich Heckel with a Gebirgslandschaft, (Mountain landscape), 1922, also understood how to position themselves as formative representatives of Expressionism in art history. The important German painter and graphic artist Hermann Max Pechstein also showed - as the only academically trained painter of the "Brücke" - with Walliser Hütten (Valaisan Huts), in 1923, how the genre of landscape painting was catapulted into the modern age. The motif of longing can also be found in the landscape and painterly experiments of that time, which are expressed in the exhibition, for example, through Christian Rohlfs Sonnenuntergang am Lago Maggiore (Sunset on Lake Maggiore), 1929.

The 'Blaue Reiter', founded by her husband Wassily Kandinsky, also cast a spell over expressive artists such as Gabriele Münter. The loose artist group influenced the young artist, who lives near Murnau, to give impressive impressions of the summer months at the Staffelsee and the Landschaft bei Murnau (Llandscape near Murnau), around 1955. One of the main protagonists of the surrealist movement, Max Ernst, also went against the traditional norms in this movement with his art Time on. This is particularly reflected in the painting De but en blanc, 1959. Emil Nolde also dealt with the new world of the 20th century in expressive works, such as the Abendliche Marschlandschaft (Marshland in the Evening), 1956.

All the artists presented come from a time of social upheaval. Historically, social and political developments are as regularly recurring as the changing of the seasons. The change in norms is particularly vividly reflected in art, for example in the compilation of the exhibition “A Day Before Winter”. The arts have always been able to shed light on dark and threatening times. Changes, even if they are painful, also offer the chance for brighter and brighter things, just like the spring-like new beginning after winter.

From 07 November 2020 to 30 January 2021 the exhibition “A Day Before Winter” will be presented at the Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Opening Saturday 07 November 2020, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A registration stating the number of people and preferred admission is mandatory.

Invitation Card

Press Information

Online Katalog


'30 Meisterwerke der Klassischen Moderne', NW 07.11.2020

'Zuversicht aus dem Blick zurück schöpfen', WB 06.11.2020

Online Katalog

Past exhibitions