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Galerie Henze & Ketterer

Now in its third generation and a family business since 1946, Galerie Henze & Ketterer specializes in Modern art and contemporary art with a focus on German Expressionism. Since the mid-1950s, the gallery has managed the estate of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, one of the most important artists of this movement and co-founder of the artists' association "Brücke".

In this way, Galerie Henze & Ketterer contributes to showing the works of "Brücke", Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Expressionism in one form or another in international museums.

Classical Modern art, Informal Art (L'Art Informel) and Abstraction after 1945, New Figuration and contemporary art with painters and sculptors from Italy, Spain and Germany form the gallery's other focal points.

In addition to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the gallery also manages the archives and estates of Berthold Müller-Oerlinghausen, Theo Eble and Fritz Winter. With the information from the"Archiv Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer", Galerie Henze & Ketterer makes an important contribution to international provenance research on the art of Modern art.

Since the early 1970s, the gallery has participated in international art fairs, including Art Basel, FIAC Paris, Masterpiece London and, to this day, TEFAF Maastricht, Art Cologne and Art Karlsruhe.

The gallery is represented online via various Online Viewing Rooms (OVR) as well as with profiles at,,,,, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn.

Art fairs 2024

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TEFAF Maastricht 2024

TEFAF Maastricht 2024

The Nude in Modern & Contemporary Art

March 9 - 14, 2024

Booth 497

In this year's presentation for TEFAF Maastricht 2024 at our stand 497, we will show how nude became one of the most popular and frequent motifs of the German Expressionists as an expression of inner moods and feelings. One focus of our stand is a group of previously unseen large-format drawings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from 1914. What began in the early 20th century developed into a more abstract depiction of the nude in contemporary art.

Read more about our concept, the artists and artworks in our onlinecatalogue with an introduction by Alexandra Henze.

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TEFAF 2024 - Highlight

After a whole century, the important painting "Nude Woman Climbing from the Mountain (Erna)" by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner will be on display exclusively at TEFAF 2024 for the first time since 1922.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

‍Naked Woman Risingfromthe Mountain (Erna)
Oil on canvas
150 x 75 cm
Gordon 0670

The artwork was last shown in 1922 at the Kunstsalon Schames in Frankfurt on the occasion of the major Kirchner exhibition "Swiss Works by E.L. Kirchner".

It was not until 1975 that Roman Norbert Ketterer discovered the canvas hidden behind another painting. He separated the two paintings and had "Nude Woman Climbing from the Mountain (Erna)" stretched on a new frame.

The picture shows Erna Kirchner in a Davos landscape, when Kirchner painted bathing scenes in nature for the first time again after a visit to the dancer Nina Hard in Davos in 1921. This is an important moment in Kirchner's work, linking the Davos period with the motifs of the early Brücke years.

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Art Karlsruhe 2024 - Impressions

World Art for Peace & Freedom

From Abstraction-Création 1930 to the abstract world language 1960

This year's presentation under the title World Art for Peace & Freedom at our H1/B06 Hall 1 is dedicated to works from the Abstraction-Création 1930 to the abstract world language 1960 by 8 artists:

Francis Bott, Günther Gumpert, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bernard Schultze, Fred Thieler, Hann Trier, Theodor Werner, Fritz Winter.

The presentation aims to tell the story of art in the middle of the 20th century, which developed over and through the violent caesura of the art ban, the Second World War and the Shoah, and yet somehow always remained coherent, using a number of very different case studies.

The Art fair is also accompanied by us digitally. Below you will find important materials and links that you can use to discover our presentation, the artists and their works online. We particularly recommend the Online Viewing Room, which guides you through the presented world art with explanations by Dr. Wolfgang Henze and anchors it profoundly through the biographies of the artists and their works in the context of the development of abstract art in the 20th century.

We hope you enjoy discovering them online!

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GHK @ Gewusst wie: The expert podcast of art KARLSRUHE

For the 4th season of the art KARLSRUHE podcast, WELTKUNST editor Matthias Ehlert has once again spoken to people who will play a very special role at Art fair from February 21-24, 2024. Galerie Henze & Ketterer is delighted to be part of the current ART KARLSRUHE season - listen in: 

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We are pleased to invite you now to Art Karlsruhe 2024, which will take place from February 22 to 25, 2024, with a preview on February 21 from 14:00-19:00.

At our stand H1/B06 in Hall 1, we will be giving a presentation on this topic:


From Abstraction-Création 1930 to the abstract world language 1960

with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bernard Schultze, Fred Thieler, Fritz Winter, and many more.

Picture: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Three nudes in the forest, 1933

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Alexandra Henze on Kirchner's still life Duck and Snipes, 1912/20

You can find various video content on our social media channels on Instagram and YouTube. In the latest video, Alexandra Henze gives us a short introduction to the still life "Duck (Brandgans) and Snipes, which Ernst Ludwig Kirchner created in 1912 and "restored" himself in 1920.



Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive

The Kirchner Archive is located on the premises of Galerie Henze & Ketterer in Bern/Wichtrach and includes extensive documentation on the complete works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, protagonist of German Expressionism and co-founder of the artists' association Brücke.

The responsibilities of the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive include clarifying all questions of authenticity, preparing expert opinions and reports, and overseeing publications and exhibitions on the work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern
Main building of the Galerie Henze & Ketterer
Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern
Art depot of the Galerie Henze & Ketterer

Galerie Henze & Ketterer

Kirchstrasse 26
CH 3114 Wichtrach

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