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Robert Schneider: “Verdun”

Thursday, 15. January 2009, 1501h Leave a comment Go to comments

Verdun, 34

Verdun, 34 (Robert Schneider; 150×102.5 cm)

Robert Schneider’s Verdun cycle gets finally completely exhibited

Robert Schneider’s impressive and touching Verdun cycle will be exhibited for the first time in its entirety: the 40 large-format charcoal drawings1 can be seen 90 years after the end of the First World War – the “great seminal catastrophe” of the 20th century – at the Erich Maria Remarque-Friedenszentrum2 (Erich Maria Remarque Peace Centre) in Osnabrück.

Robert Schneider is capable of transporting emotions in his realistic works: without showing actual acts of war, one is feeling the suffering the place and the people had to endure and how blood-soaked, hacked and battered the landscape is in the end. Parts of the Verdun cycle have already been exhibited in the Landesmuseum Oldenburg and the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historic Museum) in Berlin – both these group exhibitions have been worth seeing, indeed.

The exhibition’s opening will take place on February 5th 2009 at 7:30 PM. Prof. Dr. Bernd Küster from the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Oldenburg will introduce into the exhibition. He curated the excellent exhibition Der Erste Weltkrieg und die Kunst (“The First World War and the Arts”) mentioned above. The exhibition is open until April 5th 2009; a visit that is highly recommended.

Links:Examples of Robert Schneider’s Jahrhundert-Reflexion (“Century Reflexion”) (German)

Wikipedia entry on Robert Schneider (German)

Announcement of the Erich Maria Remarque-Friedenszentrum (German)

Contact informationen and opening hours (German)

Announcement of the City of Osnabrück (German)

Some information on the City of Osnabrück in English

  1. 40.4 x 59.1 inch and 59.1 x 40.4 inch respectively
  2. Erich Maria Remarque was born 1898 in Osnabrück and wrote with All Quiet on the Western Front one of the classic books on war.
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