Special exhibition from June 21, till September 26, 2021


For the third time, the Association of Berlin Female Artists 1867 (VdBK 1867) is exhibiting as a guest at the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum. Since it was founded in 1867, the Association has been a driving force, a network, and a showcase for female artists. Today, the Association unites 60 female artists from all over the world, whose life and work is centred in Berlin.


  • Laura Bruce

  • Harriet Groß

  • Pauline Kraneis

  • Isa Melsheimer

  • Cornelia Renz

  • Zuzanna Skiba


September 24, 2021 | between 17.00 and 20.00

All exhibiting artists and curator Dr. Anna Havemann will be present.

The Association played a significant role in Käthe Kollwitz life, for example, it enabled Kollwitz to receive professional training in its Drawing and Painting School, founded in 1868 – at a time when women were forbidden to study at the state art academies. Kollwitz in turn returned to her place of training in 1898 and headed the graphic arts class for five years. She counts as one of the most important members of the VdBK 1867. She regularly took part in the exhibitions of the Association and fought as a member to achieve its goals for more than four decades.

The special exhibition “Black + White” features six female artists from the current members of the Association. While Kollwitz mostly used black lines and flat areas on white paper, the contemporary artists sound out the varied possibilities of dealing with the non-colors black and white as well as all the shades of grey in between. Included are drawings, ceramics, a reverse glass painting, and an installation. The abstinence from color challenges the viewer to reflect on his or her patterns of perception in our world of colour.

Most of the works on view were created specifically for the exhibition. Some of them are directly related to the work and life of Käthe Kollwitz.

Cornelia Renz, preliminary digital work of “Yes we can (Nemesis als Schnitterin)”, 2021 © Cornelia Renz, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Zuzanna Skiba, from the series WINGS_WHITE, 2020 © Zuzanna Skiba, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Zuzanna Skiba, from the series BLAU ist oben_Die Landschaft erhebt sich, 2020 © Zuzanna Skiba, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Pauline Kraneis, Peters Zimmer, 2021 © Pauline Kraneis

Pauline Kraneis, Käthes Zimmer, 2021 © Pauline Kraneis