Artists of Brücke: Themes in German Expressionist Prints
LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
This site represents the Museum of Modern Art’s first exclusively “virtual” exhibition and showcases its unparalleled collection of German Expressionist prints and illustrated books.
The Brücke group, formed in 1905 in Dresden by four revolutionary architectural students including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, strove to achieve a new synthesis between art and life, bringing meaning back to what they considered the superficial bourgeois existence of German life under Kaiser Wilhelm II. They organized exhibitions and publicized their own work by issuing annual portfolios of prints. Printmaking, and the woodcut in particular, became one of their most important modes of expression. This site presents more than 110 prints arranged into thematic groupings that highlight the issues and motifs central to this seminal movement in the history of modern prints. This site was a unique opportunity to explore how interactivity can enhance the exhibition of art. Visitors can tour the eight thematic galleries consisting of more than 50 comparative groupings of art with interpretive text and narrated quotations. Every image in the exhibition links to a larger version with more specific information about the work. Access to a map provides context as to where these artists worked, the sites they depicted, plus biographical information on the artists which includes narrated passages from their writings. In the Prints section, viewers can select or “curate” their own comparative groupings, and personalize their experience by sorting the entire collection according to theme, artist, or medium.
Press & AwardsDesigning Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design, Jenifer Tidwell, 2006 (O’Reilly)“13th Annual Muse Awards,” AAM Museum News, Deborah Seid Howes, November 2002“Second Story: Interactive Tales,” Desktop, Andy Polaine, October 2002Digitalthread, New Sites, January 15, 2002Art On Paper, Faye Hirsch, January 2, 2002I.D., Interactive Media Design Review, Silver, 2002American Association of Museums Muse Awards, Honorable Mention, Art, 2002
Well written, well designed, good organization, easy to navigate, good integration of audio, great images.Communication Arts, Interactive Design Annual, 2002One Show Interactive, Bronze pencil, 2002HOW, Interactive Design Annual, Merit Award, 2002Qwest Lightspeed, January 2002Yahoo!, Picks of the Year, December 24, 2001“Online Exhibit of German Art Could Be Love at First Site,” The Seattle Times, Sheila Farr, November 30, 2001“The MoMA Opens an Exhibit of Art Only Visible on the Internet,” CiberPais, R. Bosco / S. Caldana, November 29, 2001“Second Story Mounts Exhibit,” Oregon Business Journal, Aliza Earnshaw, November 16, 2001Communication Arts, Site of the Week, November 12, 2001“Squeezed by a Renovation, the Modern Finds Space Online,” The New York Times, Matthew Mirapaul, November 8, 2001
Like many online exhibitions, the site allows visitors to pursue their own paths, exploring the works by artist, by theme or by medium. Viewers can compare the artists’ depictions of cabaret scenes, or Emil Nolde’s portraits. Snippets of Schoenberg’s music set the mood.Yahoo!, Picks of the Week, November 5, 2001
The design wizards at Second Story have done it again. This time they’ve teamed up with the New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to bring us Artists of Brücke, an exquisitely detailed collection of German Expressionist prints that you’ll only find on the Web.The Scout Report, November 2, 2001Macromedia, Site of the Day, November 2, 2001“Print Week in New York,” Artnet News, Sheila Farr, October 31, 2001I.D., Interactive Media Design Review, Bronze, Web Site, 2001
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