Bremen | Sie. Selbst. Nackt.

Sie Selbst Nackt Screenshot

I can’t believe it’s taken me more than three years of living in Bremen to finally visit the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum.  Modersohn-Becker is one of the most important painters of early expressionism and spent much of her life in Bremen — in fact I walk by her family’s house every day! The museum  on Böttcherstraße also happens to be the very first to have ever been dedicated to the work of a female painter.

The catalyst for finally dropping by was a special exhibition called: Sie. Selbst. Nackt. (She. Herself. Naked.)  It features female artists in their own artistic expression of themselves nude — radical, courageous, introspective.  And the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum is the perfect location to host such an exhibition because she was indeed the first female artist to paint herself nude.

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Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portrait on 6th Wedding Anniversary (1906) was revolutionary for its time — transforming female nudes in paintings from passive subjects to active creators of the representations of their bodies.

Paula Modersohn-Becker: Selbstbildnis am 6. Hochzeitstag (1906)
Paula Modersohn-Becker: Selbstbildnis am 6. Hochzeitstag (1906)

The exhibition features an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary artists — painters, photographers, and performance artists — from all over the world.  Not an overly large collection, I found it quite easy to become absorbed by each piece without having to rush on to the next.  And the display information throughout the museum (in German only) did a great job of explaining the social and cultural context of the self-portraits.  It was one of the best Saturday afternoons I’ve spent in a long time.

Cecile Walton: Romance (1920)
Cecile Walton: Romance (1920)
Imogen Cunningham: Selbstportraet (1906)
Imogen Cunningham: Selbstportraet (1906)

Sie. Selbst. Nackt. is running for just a couple more weeks until February 2nd, 2014 and is located at Böttcherstraße 6–10 in the center of Bremen.  Tickets cost 10€ normally, or 6€ with a student discount.  Plus, there are still a lot of interesting talks, tours, and events associated with the exhibition, so it’s worth checking out!

Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum
Entrance to the museum

Are you a fan of Modersohn-Becker?  Have you visited her museum?

3 thoughts on “Bremen | Sie. Selbst. Nackt.”

  1. Oh, how I wish I could go and see this! Paula Modersohn-Becker is one of my favourite artists and this looks like a great exhibition!
    When I still lived in OL, I used to go up to Bremen sometimes just to get a little art fix.
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