Explore by
Living and Working
Big City Life
Under the Open Sky
Into a World of Pleasure
Collecting and Exhibiting

Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt (1905–1925)

Collecting and Exhibiting Network(ing)

“Salon Gurlitt deserves our thanks for being courageous enough to make its rooms available for an exhibition by this association of young artists, among whom are certainly some of the best talents.”

Art critic Curt Glaser on the Brücke exhibition at Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt, 15 May 1912.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Berlin was the cultural centre of the German Empire. In no other city were there more galleries than here. Among the most prominent was Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt (also called Galerie or Hof-Kunsthandlung Fritz Gurlitt), which was founded in 1880 and specialised in contemporary art. After Fritz Gurlitt’s early death, his son Wolfgang increasingly took over the company’s responsibilities from 1907 on. After several moves, the art gallery settled into premises at Potsdamer Straße 113 from 1905 on.

Thanks to Wolfgang Gurlitt’s preference for Expressionism, and also to Max Pechstein’s engagement, a comprehensive exhibition of the Brücke group of artists opened there in April 1912. It was their first and only group presentation in Berlin. The artists designed both the invitation card and the exhibition catalogue themselves, as they commonly did. In 1913, solo presentations by Pechstein, Kirchner, Heckel and Schmidt-Rottluff followed at the same venue. Wolfgang Gurlitt had a particularly close relationship with Pechstein: from 1913 to 1923, he arranged all of the artist’s sales and took on exclusive representation of him. Pechstein, in turn, designed stained glass windows for the gallery rooms on Potsdamer Straße.

Isabel Fischer

Erich Heckel, KG. Brücke, 1912, invitation card for the exhibition "KG. Brücke" at the Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin, 1912, folder with woodcut, Brücke-Museum, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Erich Heckel, KG. Brücke (inner side), 1912, Brücke-Museum, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Explore Berlin through the Eyes of the Brücke Artists
External content
I agree that contents of the Brücke-Museum may be displayed to me via the external provider api.mapbox.com. This means that personal data will be transferred to third party platforms. Brücke-Museum has no influence on this. You can read more about this in our privacy policy.