post-title William Wauer | Galerie Brockstedt | 21.03.-31.05.2019 – extended until 29.06.2019

William Wauer | Galerie Brockstedt | 21.03.-31.05.2019 – extended until 29.06.2019

William Wauer | Galerie Brockstedt | 21.03.-31.05.2019 – extended until 29.06.2019

William Wauer | Galerie Brockstedt | 21.03.-31.05.2019 – extended until 29.06.2019

extended until 29.06. | #2353ARTatBerlin | Galerie Brockstedt shows from 21st March 2019 a solo exhibitions with bronze sculptures, paintings, drawings and graphics by the expressionist-cubist artist William Wauer.

Once again, Galerie Brockstedt succeeded in bringing an important collection of Classical Modern art from a private collection in Zurich to Berlin. The collection consists of 20 bronze sculptures and 10 paintings by the expressionist-cubist artist William Wauer (1866-1962) from 1916 to 1930, along with various drawings and graphic works.

The “jack-of-all-trades” William Wauer was born in 1866 in Oberwiesenthal/Erzgebirge as the son of an assistant preacher. His further career led him to study art, philosophy and art history in Dresden, Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. He travelled to the United States, to Vienna, Zurich and Rome, worked as editor, feuilleton editor and illustrator of magazines and as artistic expert for the Lingner-Werke in Dresden, where he developed the form of the ODOL bottle still in use today.

In 1905 he went to Berlin and was brought to the Deutsches Theater by Max Reinhardt. He worked in radio and was a pioneer of silent film from 1911/12. William Wauer devoted himself to the fine arts from 1916 and created magnificent sculptures, drawings, paintings, watercolors, and prints. His typical cubo-expressionist figures (e.g. “Schlittschuhläufer” (1916), “Läufer” (1920), “Der Blitzreiter” (1923) and “Eisbär” (1924), he formed in various materials, especially in bronze. His portraits made him famous, for example the busts of Herwarth and Nell Walden (1917/18), Rudolf Blümmner (1919) and Albert Bassermann (1921), Wauer’s favourite actor.

Schlittschuhläufer, 1916, 26 x 28 x 18 cm, Bronze, sign. „W. Wauer“, Aufl. VII/VII

Wauer’s sculptural art is characterized by an exciting rhythm of movement, which he borrowed from Futurism.

Blitzreiter, 1923, 15 x 26 x 12,5 cm, Bronze, sign. „W. Wauer“, Aufl.  VII/VII, Gießerstempel: W. Füssel Berlin

Tänzer(in), 1923, 32 x 22 x 13 cm, Bronze, sign. „Wauer“, Aufl.  II/VII,
Gießerstempel: W Füssel Berlin 10

Eisbär, 1924, 14 x 24 x 9 cm, Bronze, sign. „W. Wauer“, Aufl. H.C., Gießerstempel: W. Füssel Berlin

Portraitbüste Herwarth Walden, 1917, 53 x 34 x 34 cm,
Bronze, sign. „W. Wauer“, Aufl. IV/VII, Gießerstempel: W. Füssel Berlin

“In addition to the dominance of abstraction – in which the figurative was to varying degrees eliminated – numerous works of painting and sculpture were also characterized by a rhythmic dynamic based above all on accentuated contrasts of color and form, diagonal compositions and, in sculpture, on a sharp-edged setting of planes leading to lively light. The suggestion of dynamism thus striven for corresponded to the modern metropolitan experience, through such technical inventions as film, car, airplane, rapid transit railway and other machines. (Anita Beloubek-Hammer, William Wauer and the Berlin Cubism, exhibitor cat. Kolbe Museum, Berlin 2011, p.74).

Non Stop, 1930, 61 x 54 cm, Öl/ Hartfaser,
verso: bez. „William Wauer Non Stop“ + Aufkleber Verein Berliner Künstler

He worked as an editor for Herwarth Walden’s magazine “Der Sturm” and became an important theorist of Expressionism.
Wauer was married three times, died in 1962 in West Berlin and is buried at the Waldfriedhof in Berlin-Dahlem.

Text: Barbara Brockstedt

The exhibition is expected to run until the end of May 2019. A catalogue brochure will accompany the exhibition.

Versunkenheit (Grabmal), 1920, 16 x 24 x 10 cm, Bronze, sign. „W. Wauer“, Aufl. 2/7
Gießerstempel: W. Füssel Berlin

William Wauer – Biography

German sculptor, painter, arts and craftsman, graphic artist, director, author, producer

born 1866 in Oberwiesenthal
died 1962 in Berlin (West)

Grammar school in Dresden and Halle
1884-87 studies at the academies of arts in Dresden and Berlin, later in Munich
1888 stays in the USA (San Francisco and New York) as assistant of the painter (Hermann?) Kay; marriage to the owner of the manor Albine Moschner
Subsequently studied philosophy and art history in Leipzig
Wauer works in Leipzig as art critic and feature editor
1896-97 Stay in Rome and Zurich
1898 Publisher of the monthly magazine Quickborn and artistic director for the Deutscher Kunstverlag (German Art Publishers)
1901 Study trip to Vienna
He then became head of the advertising department and consultant at Lingnerwerke, Dresden, for which he developed the “Odol” advertising campaign. For a short time he worked in the advertising departments of Kupferberg, Kathreiner, Exterikultur and Stollwerk as well as an illustrator for the local magazine “Die Woche”.
He then founded the Dresdner Tagesanzeiger with Theodor Fritsch.
Member of the “Verband Deutscher Illustratoren”, the “Bildhauervereinigung Berlin” and the “Reichsverband bildender Künstler Deutschlands”.
Wauer is publisher of the “Dresden Society” and writes theatre reviews
1904 Birth of son Hans
from 1905 in Berlin and is brought to the Deutsches Theater by Max Reinhardt; attendance at the acting school there (directing class), then works as a director at the Deutsches Theater, the Neues Theater and the Hebbel-Theater
1909 second marriage with Johanna Lewek, the mother of son Hans
1911 Wauer leases the “Kleine Theater Unter den Linden”, here first cooperation with Herwarth Walden, Wauer directs Herwarth Walden’s pantomime “Die vier Toten der Fiametta”.
from 1912 member of the artist group “Der Sturm” (The Storm)
1919: Wauer’s treatise on expressionist theatre: “Theater als Kunstwerk” is published. Wauer worked as an editor for the art magazines “Der Sturm”, “Die Schaubühne” and “Gesellschaft für Bühnenkunst”.
from 1911 work as film director, collaboration with Oskar Messter, “Messter-Film”, the cameraman Carl Froelich (Wagner-Project) and with “Eiko-Film” (Bismarck-Project)
from 1914 film direction for the projection company “Union” (So Rächt sich die Sonne; Der Tunnel), for “PAGU” (Der geheimnisvolle Wanderer; Der Loder, Auf der Alm) for “Saturn-Film AG” and for “Atlantic-Film Aarhus” (Die Gräfin Heyers).
1915 Wauer filmed with Fritzi Massary B. Kellermanns “Der Tunnel”.
1916 sculpture “ice skater”, Wauers first sculptural work
1916 Founding of the film company “W.W.-Film Wauer & Co.”, close cooperation with the photographer Helmar Lerski (Rosa kann alles; Peter Lump; Im Bewusstsein der Schuld)
from 1917 technical director of the “Flora-Film-Gesellschaft”, then managing director of “Kultur-Film GmbH”; cultural films for the Bild und Film-Amt (BUFA); work for various film companies such as Beck and Scala
1916-20 Member of the board of the Berlin “Filmclub e.V.”
1917/18 Bust Herwarth and Nell Walden
from 1918 participation in exhibitions of sculptures in the “Galerie der Sturm
1918 cooperation with film producer Jules Greenbaum, with Progreß-Filmgesellschaft and with “Bioscop” as well as Globus-Film (Warsaw) (daughter of the executioner)
1918/19 Bust of the actor Albert Bassermann
1919 Collaboration with “Rekord-Film” (The Ghosts of Garden Hall, Hungering Millionaires)
1919-28 Co-founder and chairman of the “Internat. Association of Expressionists, Futurists and Cubists” (from 1926 “The Abstracts”)
1919 Teaches at the Sturm Art School, where he teaches the expressionist art of stage, acting, poetry and music.
1918/19 Herwarth Walden and Wauer write the revolutionary appeal “Die Lösung der Rätefrage, Bericht der Rätekommission der Arbeitsbundes für sofortige Sozialisierung” (“The Solution of the Council Question, Report of the Council Commission of the Workers’ Federation for Immediate Socialization”).
1919 Sculpture “Two-Unit”
1919/20 for Greenbaum film direction in the film “Masks
1920 director at the Albert-Theater Dresden, new performance of Walden’s pantomime “Die vier Toten von Fiametta” instead, stage sets and sculptures by Wauer
1921 shooting in Poland for “Lux-Filmgesellschaft”, Warsaw, (beauty of life)
1921 Sculpture “ecstasy”
20’s designs for the Schwarzburger Werkstätten and for the porcelain art Unterweißbach; collaboration in the art school of Walter Gropius
1922 third Bauhaus folder with Wauer’s lithograph “Composition with oval forms”; Wauer becomes a member of the SPD
from 1924 Wauer teaches in the “Sturm” seminars “Mystical and philosophical redemption teachings of mankind”.
1924 sculpture “polar bear
In 1924 Wauer founded the “International Association of Expressionists, Cubists, Futurists and Constructivists” (later “The Abstracts”), which he chaired until its ban in 1933.
1926 Encounter with the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore;
Wauer writes the unpublished manuscript “Book of Ur” around 1927 Wauer is a multiple member of the exhibition commission of the Great Berlin Art Exhibition, in which he takes part with his own works.
Bronze busts of the presidents Ebert and Hindenburg (both 1926), which can be seen in the Great Berlin Art Exhibition 1927.
1928 Participation in the “Künstlervereinigung Berliner Bildhauer” exhibition.
1928 work for Berliner Rundfunk
1928 Amsterdam, bronze medal for “ice skater
from 1933 Wauer’s works are called “degenerate” by the Nazis; prohibition of the group “Die Abstrakten”.
1935 Wauer marries his third wife Ursula Scherz
1937 Exhibition “Degenerate Art”; Wauer is represented with a lithograph from the “Bauhaus portfolio”.
1941 Reichskulturkammer imposes a work ban on Wauer, confiscation of some works.

William Wauer Exhibitions (Selection)

1918-25 Berlin, “Galerie der Sturm”, a solo exhibition in 1919 and regular participation in exhibitions
1918 Issue No. 61 (March 1918); No. 63 (May 1918); No. 65 (July-August 1918); No. 66 (September 1918) and No. 67 (October 1918) (among others with Johannes Molzahn, Oskar Fischer, Nell Walden, Arnold Topp, Hans Sittig, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Campendonk, Walter Dexel, Rudolf Bauer).
1919 Berlin, “Galerie der Sturm”, exhibition. No. 72 (March 1919), ” William Wauer, Paintings, Sculptures, Watercolours, Drawings”, individual exhibition; No. 75 (June 1919); No. 78 (September 1919)
1919 Berlin, in the rooms of the “Freie Jugend”, exhibition participation
1920 Berlin, “Gallery of the Storm”, exhibition No. 87 (June 1920); No. 88 (August 1920)
1921 Berlin, “Gallery of the Storm”, exhibition No. 100 (August-September 1921); No. 103 (December 1921)
1922 Berlin, “Gallery of the Storm”, exhibition No. 105 (February 1922)
1923 Berlin, “Gallery of the Storm”, “William Wauer”, No. 117 (March 1923); No. 118 (April 1923)
1924 Berlin, “Gallery of the Storm”, exhibition No. 128 (February 1924); No. 136 (November 1924)
1925 Berlin, “Gallery of the Storm”, exhibition No. 1925 (July 1925); No. 144 (September 1925)
1926-29 Berlin, Great Berlin Art Exhibition, multiple participation in exhibitions, among others with the group “Die Abstrakten”; Wauer is member of the jury
1928 Berlin, “Künstlervereinigung Berliner Bildhauer”, participation in exhibition
1946 Dresden, General German Art Exhibition, and Düsseldorf, General German Art Exhibition, participation in exhibitions
1946 Berlin, guest house Wannsee
1946 Berlin, “Kunsthaus Berlin-Tempelhof”, “Expressionism around 1920” (= art school and exhibition rooms in own Tempelhof residence)
1948, 1951 Berlin, “Kunsthaus Berlin-Tempelhof”
In 1956, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, ten of his works are presented in the Great Berlin Art Exhibition and in the Haus am Lützowplatz

William Wauer, Sonnenuntergang, 1915

On Friday, 21 June, we will be there for you in Berlin for the “Charlottenwalk” from 1 – 9 p.m.! Please inform yourself about the program of the Charlottenburg gallery tour at

Attention: During the Berlin school holidays we have shortened opening hours from 22 June – 3 August: Tue – Fr 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. + Sa 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vernissage: Thursday, 21st March 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition period: Thursday, 21st March to Friday, 31st May 2019 – extended until Saturday, 29th June 2019!

Zur Galerie Brockstedt


Image caption cover: Eisbär, 1924, 14 x 24 x 9 cm, Bronze, sign. „W. Wauer“, Aufl. H.C., Gießerstempel: W. Füssel Berlin

Exhbition William Wauer (1866-1962) – Galerie Brockstedt | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin


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Comments (2)

  1. I wish I had known about the exhibition last year, as I would have visited Berlin to see it. William Wauer was my grandfather’s cousin & we only knew that “a nephew” came to America, which referenced his 1888 visit. Whether or not he may have visited his relatives in Iowa & Nebraska (en route from New York to San Francisco) is not known. However, as his father in Germany kept in touch with his younger brother (my g grandfather) in America, they may have only heard of his visit by letter.

    Are there perhaps any catalogues of the exhibition remaining?

    1. Dear Mrs. Wauer,

      thank you very much for your comment and your interesting personal story. Please contact the exhibiting gallery in Berlin, the Galerie Brockstedt, with your question. Your Contact person is Dr. Uta Schnell, u.schnell(at) We wish you much success and inspiring insights!

      Best regards,
      Stephanie from Team ART@Berlin

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