“Lotte Laserstein – that’s a name to keep in mind. The artist is among the very best of the younger generation of painters. Her splendid ascent will be something to keep an eye on”, wrote the Berliner Tageblatt in 1929. After celebrating many a success in the Weimar Republik, however, Laserstein’s career came to an abrupt halt. In 1937, she was compelled to flee into exile in Sweden on account of her Jewish heritage. There she was cut off from the international art world, and her work faded from the public consciousness. Today Laserstein’s oeuvre is one of the great rediscoveries of recent years.
The Städel Museum is devoting a retrospective to the painter to be presented in Frankfurt from 19 September 2018 to 13 January 2019 and subsequently at the Moderna Museet in Malmö. It will be the first comprehensive survey of Laserstein’s work to take place outside of Berlin. The show will build on the Städel collection, which has acquired two important works by the artist over the past few years: the paintings “Russian Girl with Powder Box” of 1928 and “Boy with a Kasper Puppet (Wolfgang Karger)” of 1933. And it will offer a unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating work of this long-forgotten artist.