20 April 2018 until 17 February 2019
Karl Kluth in Hamburg

The Haspa collection, which is preserved at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG), exhibited the works of Karl Kluth (1898-1972) with a distinct selection of paintings and drawings that provided a concise impression of his work in the Hanseatic City which he considered his second home. The images Kluth produced before 1933 are strongly influenced by Symbolism while increasingly verging towards abstraction. The Second World War forces a profound caesura on his artistic work, with Kluth coming to terms with his experiences in his postwar paintings. The works of the late 1950s and 1960s display his growing enthusiasm for a more open style of painting, a mode that persists in Kluth’s late work. The Haspa collection at MKG brought together excellent examples from his various work phases.

The exhibition showed over 20 works from the collection of the MKG and from the collection of the Hamburger Sparkasse. About 350 exhibits from the Haspa collection, primarily by artists of the Hamburgische Sezession, are currently on permanent loan at the MKG.

Ill.: Karl Kluth, Traces on Paths II, 1933, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 100 cm, © Vera Kluth