About the project

Starting point for face art – face future is the exhibition of German expressionists Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz in Minsk, Kiev and St. Petersburg. 50 sculptural works, including monumental ones such as the “Güstrow Memorial” and the “Beggar” by Ernst Barlach, as well as 160 drawings and graphic works give a large summary of their artistic efforts. The exhibition is accompanied by a historical text and photo chronology, which explains the work of the artists in historical context from 1867 to 1945.

Today the time of both artists, the time in which so many changes were made for our lives, lies in distant future. What do we associate with this exhibition? Which ideas of the both artists are relevant for us? Are we even concerned with ideal values, the meaning of human existence, or are we only striving for wealth and consumption? What about the perspectives of sustainability and peace in our world? Against the background of such questions, we do not want to leave artists’ works in the past, but connect them with our lives today.


Our mission

face art – face future Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz understood their art as a contribution to the becoming, the shaping of future. In a joint transnational dialogue, we search for values, ideas and strategies driving a fair change for a world worth living in.

Project organization

Heike Stockhaus

Concept and project management

Studied literature, linguistics, philosophy and art history. Since 1987 she works as curator for Ernst Barlach Gesellschaft Hamburg and has organized numerous exhibitions on the art of classical modernism and contemporary in Germany, Europe, Turkey and Iran. She also developed multiple didactic methods to encourage young people to participating in and emancipate society through art. Increasingly, theories of degrowth and international peace development have influenced her work in recent years.

Darya Yakubovich

Assistant project management

Born in Minsk, she studied computer linguistics at Moscow State Lomonosov University and Minsk State Linguistic University, where she herself was teaching. Since 2014 she has been living in Germany and studying art history focussing on Western European art of Middle Ages and Modern Art at the University of Hamburg. She regards the face art – face future project as an excellent opportunity to engage herself into the dialogue of diverse cultures which is important regarding today’s socio-politically complex situation.

Ole Stark

Project organization

Studied classical archeology and economics focussing on human resources, organization, quality management and business accounting. Since 1999 he has been involved in planning, execution, exhibition registry and controlling of Ernst Barlach Gesellschaft Hamburg projects.