This is the first international and interdisciplinary conference on the work and life of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. We aim to bring together the various international clusters of Kirchner research and will give special focus to students, PhD-candidates and Postdocs.

The conference was conceived as a prelude to the retrospective exhibition on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany. Opening on 15 November 2018 this exhibition entitled Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Imaginary Travels will present more than 180 artworks and takes the motif of ‘the search’ as its starting point. The exhibition follows the stages of Kirchner’s life and the artistic developments implied. It seeks to demonstrate how Kirchner, through the synthesis of different non-Western artistic influences, achieved a blend of art, life and work which materialised itself within his oeuvre as exotic Gesamtkunstwerk. The exhibition is curated by Katharina Beisiegel (Art Centre Basel) in cooperation with Dr. Thorsten Sadowsky (Kirchner Museum Davos).

We invite scholars, experts and interested parties to participate in the conference and visit Kirchner's chosen home in Davos. On the 18th of June we commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kirchner's death. The conference takes this occasion to revisit previous assumptions on Kirchner’s work. New approaches to the Kirchner discourse will be presented and new research introduced. Topics from the exhibition as well as from other fields of current research interest will be discussed by leading scholars such as Wolfgang Henze, Jill Lloyd, Sherwin Simmons, Janis Staggs, Thomas Röske, Daniel Hess and Christian Weikop. By deliberately opening the conference to many academic disciplines we aim to open the discussion on Kirchner and welcome new insights and theses.

The results of the conference will be published.

  Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Life in the Alps, Triptych (1918), © Kirchner Museum Davos, Jakob Jägl


The international conference on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is taking place from 28 June until 1 July 2018 in Davos, Switzerland. The conference is hosted by the Kirchner Museum Davos, Switzerland, in cooperation with the Art Centre Basel, Switzerland and the University of Constance, Germany.

The conference is generously supported by RNK Stiftung and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Stiftung, Davos.