In five thematic sections, the exhibition presents aspects that were meaningful for Käthe Kollwitz and that can be traced through her entire artistic work. These are based predominantly on the social reality in the 19th century as depicted in the literature of Emile Zola or Gerhart Hauptmann. In her work Käthe Kollwitz also explored the female body, including her own, and, through meticulous observation, produced impressive, emotionally charged images. These are rediscovered in the motif of mother and child, which is especially important to her and plays a key role in Kollwitz’s work. The emotions of love and lament, or inner emptiness and death, form key motifs not just on this subject. The intense, often unsparing, introspection of the artist is also found in her self-portraits, which definitely constitute a highlight of the exhibition.