Museums in Bautzen and Dresden have long celebrated him as a striking, maverick modernist, and permanent presentations of his work fill whole exhibition spaces, but in the city of his birth he has remained unknown: the Hamburg painter and sculptor Carl Lohse (1895–1965). After the early support of Alfred Lichtwark, director of the Kunsthalle, Lohse began a promising artistic career in Saxony. There he went through an almost eruptive phase of painting in 1919–21, but then surprisingly broke with his vitally expressive art and returned intermittently to Hamburg; for a few years he worked here as a tram conductor. Lohse’s overdue exhibition premiere in the city takes place in the summer of this year – a discovery.
Carl Lohse: Buildings in Hamburg, 1919/21, Dr. Irene Lehr, Berlin / Head with Red Hair, 1919/21, Museum Bautzen / Red Sound,