Expressionist Impulses: German and Central European Art, 1890–1990 - 2:00 p.m. guided tour


Spanning a century of momentous and rapid political, social, and economic change, Expressionist Impulses charts the ebb and flow of key Expressionist tendencies in German and Central European art from, among other countries, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Romania. The incisive, often emotionally charged paintings, drawings, and sculptures on view—mounted from the Smart’s collection and supplemented by select promised gifts—bear powerful witness to periods of war, utopian dreams, economic depression, political division, and personal and political exile. No single style, technique, or theme dominates. Rather, Expressionist Impulses offers a fluid account of multiple waves of artists who were concerned with stylistic innovation bent in the service of social and political critiques.


A tour at 12:00 p.m. is also available.