The relevance of German Expressionism today.

Points covered

  1. Outline the impact of German Expressionism on contemporary art.
  2. Outline the impact of German Expressionism on contemporary culture more broadly.

How to Cite: Christian Weikop, Dorothy Price, ‘The Relevance of German Expressionism Today’, Leicester’s German Expressionist Collection, Leicester Museums Website. (

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Dr Christian Weikop

Dr Christian Weikop is a specialist in modern and contemporary German art and has published extensively in this field.  He is a Chancellor’s Fellow in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and has given guest lectures, chaired and organised international symposia, and published essays on German art with many of the most important art and academic institutions in the world, including MoMA, LACMA, Harvard University, Humboldt University in Berlin, the Courtauld Institute, Royal Academy London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Tate Modern.  

Much of Dr Weikop’s research has focused on pre-1945 German art, especially Expressionism and Dada, but increasingly he is working in a post-1945 field with respect to the German artists in ARTIST ROOMS as part of a research partnership with Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. For this partnership, he co-edited a special issue of Tate Papers on August Sander following the symposium he organised with NGS in 2011, and more recently he has directed and contributed to an in-depth Tate ‘In Focus’ project on Anselm Kiefer. He has also written an extended exhibition catalogue essay for the major 2014 Kiefer retrospective at the Royal Academy, and he interviewed the legendary artist at his studio complex in Croissy on the outskirts of Paris in October 2013, as an envoy of the RA. Six months later he interviewed that other superstar of the post-45 German art scene, Georg Baselitz, also for the RA. In addition, he is preparing an RA exhibition entitled Expressionism: The Cult of Youth with his co-curators Dr Jill Lloyd, Dr Dorothy (Dot) Price and Dr Adrian Locke, and he has collaborated with Dr Lloyd and Dr Price on a project for the New Walk Museum on their important Expressionist collection. Part of this project relates to Dr Weikop’s on-going research interest in the British reception of modern German art, which he first explored for his edited volume, New Perspectives on Brücke Expressionism: Bridging History (2011).

Film of Christian Weikop discussing Leicester's German Expressionist Collection.

Dr Dorothy Price

Dr Dorothy Price is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Bristol. She is internationally recognised for her work on gender and German modernism and author of many publications in the field including 'Georg Simmel and the 1896 Berlin Trade Exhibition' (1995); 'Desiring Berlin: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Germany' (1995); 'Differencing the City: Urban Identities and the Spatial Imagination' (2003); Representing Berlin: Sexuality and the City in Weimar Germany (2003); ‘Representing herself: Lotte Laserstein between Subject and Object’ (2006); ‘Lesser Ury: The Painter as Stranger’ (2007) 'Dada Angelika and La Paloma Hegemann' (2009) and most recently After Dada: Marta Hegemann and the Cologne Avant-Garde (2013).

She is currently editing a collection of essays on Der Blaue Reiter and researching for a new book on German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) as well as contributing to the Neue Galerie, New York’s forthcoming exhibition on Berlin in the 1920s and co-curating (with Drs Jill Lloyd and Christian Weikop) a major international exhibition entitled German Expressionism: The Cult of Youth for the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2019. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time and acted as advisor on a number of radio and television broadcasts, as well as regularly giving public lectures in museums and galleries around the world.

She is an art history graduate of the University of Leicester.

Film of Dorothy Price discussing Leicester's German Expressionist Collection.