Johannes Schmidt is curator at the Dresden Municipal Art Museum (Städtische Galerie Dresden). His research interests center on German 20th-century and contemporary artists. In the last ten years he has been responsible for many exhibitions about artists from Ludwig Meidner to A.R. Penck.

Dresden 1945: Wilhelm Rudolph’s Compulsive Inventory

Fig. 1. Wilhelm Rudolph, Ruinenstadt / Blick von der Südhöhe (1945–46), woodcut, 49.7 x 64.8 cm. Städtische Galerie Dresden. Photo: Franz Zadniček.

The artistic life of Wilhelm Rudolph (1889–1982) was lived almost entirely in the city of Dresden. He left his hometown of Chemnitz in 1908 to study at the Königlich Sächsische Kunstakademie (Royal Saxon Academy of Art), and though his studies were interrupted by World War I he returned to Dresden to finish his degree. Read More