In autumn 2022, the major special exhibition Expressionists at Folkwang. Discovered – Defamed – Celebrated will for the first time trace the special relationship between Museum Folkwang and the Expressionists. Founding director Karl Ernst Osthaus already nurtured close links to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel, for example. About 120 exhibits covering the genres of painting, sculpture, and prints – masterpieces from the Folkwang’s own collection and works on loan from around the world – tell the story of the revolutionary current in art from its beginnings in Germany via the confiscation of the works during the Third Reich to the celebrated post-War exhibitions of them. The jubilee exhibition will bring together, amongst others, works by Max Beckmann, Alexej von Jawlensky, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Marc and Paula Modersohn-Becker.