November 12, 2019
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Rita Blitt gallery

Join the Mulvane Art Museum for a featured screening of the documentary AB: The Life and Work of Albert Bloch. A Missouri born artist, Albert Bloch (1882-1961), was the only American represented in Der Blaue Reiter—a group of German Expressionist artists that included Wassily Kandinksy, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee. After returning from Germany in 1923, Bloch took the post as Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Kansas. AB chronicles the life of this important artist and asks questions about his life and practice. This screening will be followed by a conversation with the director Timothe De Paepe.


Additional Information:

The Mulvane has 13 artworks by Bloch in the permanent collection. A variety of drawing, watercolor and oil paintings, they portray both religious and secular subjects.  In 2015, we held an exhibition titled “Albert Bloch: Scenes from the Life of Christ,” curated by Dr. Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen.

Like other members of the Blue Rider Group, Bloch’s work demonstrates symbolic use of color. The Blue Rider’s interest in revitalizing the spiritual in art is especially evident in both Bloch’s style and reoccurring biblical subjects, especially scenes from the New Testament.