Westphalian Expressionism Subject of Exhibition that Opened Today at Kunsthalle Bielefeld


BIELEFELD.- In 1902, when Karl Ernst Osthaus founded the Folkwang Museum in Hagen, opening up his collection to the public, modernism moved into Westphalia. With it arose Westphalian Expressionism, which, by the 1930s, had established a style all its own, blending rural traditions and modern city life, and made an important contribution to German modernism. While the artistic paths of native Westphalians August Macke and Hermann Stenner took them from their homeland to the Rhineland and Stuttgart, Christian Rohlfs came from Schleswig-Holstein, at the invitation of Osthaus, to a studio in Hagen. With a circle of artists that included Wilhelm Morgner and Eberhard Viegener, Soest became a center of Westphalian modernism, attracting many artists with its medieval appearance. In