As part of our English Literature wider cultural programme, Ms Bridges and Ms Goldman took our Year 12 and 13 students to the Royal Academy of Arts on Wednesday 11th January. Making Modernism is the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin.
Self-portraiture, still-life, the female body, depictions of childhood, landscapes and urban scenes are shown through the experiences of these ground-breaking artists who – although less familiar than their male counterparts, such as Wassily Kandinsky – were no less central to the development of radical new approaches to art in Europe.
A truly wonderful day seeing some breathtaking art. The English Literature team are always at pains to move away from the idea that learning is limited to the books studied. We passionately believe we should be preparing our students for the wider conversations of university and the wider world. The RA trip proivided a fantastic opportunity to do that, as well as to experience the broader context of our curriculum.