Temporary Exhibitions

  • Christian Rohlfs, Kloster Andechs, Ausschnitt, 1924, M 283

  • Christian Rohlfs, Spökenkieker, Ausschnitt, 1923, M 284

  • Christian Rohlfs, Gasse in Soest, Ausschnitt, 1906, M 286

CHRISTIAN ROHLFS (1849–1938). Falls.

Birches at the Garden Fence, 1902
The Three Holy Kings, ca 1924

Art Exhibition 9th of June to the 24th of September 2017

Exhibition series
Rostock’s Classical Modernism: “Degenerate Art” from the estate of art dealer Bernhard A. Böhmer.


Colourful paintings and graphics by the multi-facetted artist Christian Rohlfs open an exceptional exhibition series of top-class masterpieces by Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer, Rudolf Belling, Max Pechstein, Erich Heckel, Ernst Barlach and other German artists. The individual exhibitions are devoted not only to the fates of both the individual artists and groups of artists involved but also the dubious journey of how they brought “degenerate art” to Rostock.Around 1900, avant-garde artists all across Europe broke with traditional art traditions and created “Classical Modernism” – Christian Rohlfs was one such “peculiar" individualist.

His way of seeing art in nature is peculiar; his way of "pulling it out", always independent. Pictures of the most varied epochs of his creation find their unifying band in natural feeling.
Art patron Karl Ernst Osthaus on Christian Rohlfs, 1905.

It was when Christian Rohlfs, the nature-boy from Schleswig-Holstein, fell from an apple tree that his fairytale-like ascent to becoming a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts truly began. With a traditional repertoire of shapes and colours, he initially earned his laurels – though he did not rest on them: countless and endless experiments shaped his stylistic development via Impressionism to Expressionism. The time was out of joint, and he thus compacted his inner being into forms of symbolism, and it was only in his late work that the untamed naturalness of his work truly burst out: Rohlfs' particular lyrical expressionism bewitched its public with colour-intensive depictions of flowers.


Curator: Susanne Knuth

Opening time

Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays

Admission free