Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends

Expressionism from the Swiss Mountains

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends is the first book to explore how Kirchner became a role model, teacher, and mentor for younger artists during his time in Davos.


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Title Information

Edited by Beat Stutzer, Samuel Vitali, Han Steenbruggen, and Matthias Frehner

1st edition

, 2007


320 pages, 234 color and 109 b/w illustrations

23 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-706-8

In cooperation with Museum of Fine arts Bern, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Groninger Museum


In 1917, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), the German expressionist and founding member of the influential artists’ collective “Die Brücke”, traveled to the resort town of Davos in the Swiss mountains to recover from a nervous breakdown. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends is the first book to recount Kirchner’s time in Davos and to explore how he became a role model and mentor there for a number of younger artists.

The momentous artistic exchange between Kirchner and his young admirers—among them the German Philipp Bauknecht (1884–1939); the Dutch Jan Wiegers (1893–1959); and the members of the Swiss artists’ group “Rot-Blau”, including Paul Camnisch (1893–1970), Albert Müller (1897–1926), and Hermann Scherer (1893–1927)—established a dialog that had a formative influence on the direction of European art in the twentieth century. This matchless volume provides a record of the extraordinary bond that developed between a legendary—yet ailing—artist and the up-and-coming “Rot-Blau” group in Switzerland.


With essays by Kathleen Bühler, Matthias Frehner, Wolfgang Henze, Roland Scotti, Peter Suter, Han Steenbruggen, Beat Stutzer, and Samuel Vitali. Featuring also the annotated essay A Walk through the Kirchner Exhibition in Winterthur (1924) by Georg Schmidt.


The book was published to coincide with exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, the Groninger Museum, and Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur.


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Authors & Editors

Kathleen Bühler

, born 1968, is curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Art Bern.

Matthias Frehner

, born 1955, has been appointed director of Museum of Fine Arts Bern in 2002. After reading art history, German literature and archaeology at University of Zürich he has been curator of Oskar Reinhart Collection “Am Römerholz” in Winterthur (1988–96) and art editor with major Swiss daily newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung (1996–2002).

Wolfgang Henze

Roland Scotti

Beat Stutzer

, born 1950, read art history, history, and ethnology at University of Basel. He was director of Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur 1982–2011 and has been curator of the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz since 1998. He has curated many exhibitions and published widely on 19th and 20th century art.

Peter Suter

Samuel Vitali