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Cashmere Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Gymnasium

Our school name

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976)

Original photo from www.karl-schmidt-rottluff.com/

important painter and graphic artist

In 2002 our school was named after its former student and the important artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, who passed his Abitur at the Royal High School in Chemnitz in 1905.
We are the only school that bears this name.

During his school days and as a member of the "Vulkan" school club, he and his friends pursued not only poetry but also their passion for painting and drawing.
Later - during his studies - he co-founded an artists' association, which he named Brücke.

"We can call the association a bridge. That is a complex word, it does not mean a program, but in a sense it leads from one bank to the other."

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

1884Born as the son of a miller in Rottluff near Chemnitz
1987 - 1905Attendance at the Royal High School in Chemnitz
Friendship with Erich Heckel
1905Start of studying architecture in Dresden
Meets Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Fritz Bleyl through Heckel.
Foundation of the artists' association Die Brücke
Active as a freelance artist, his name Schmidt is followed by the name of his place of birth Rottluff
1911Relocation to Berlin
1912Artists' Association Die Brücke is officially dissolved
1915 - 1918Military service in the First World War as a reinforcement soldier in northern Russia
1918Return to Berlin
1930Long stay in Rome
1931Member of the Prussian Academy of the Arts
1933National Socialists defame his works as "degenerate art"
Exclusion from the academy
1936Exhibition ban
1937Confiscation of his works from German museums
25 of his works are shown in the exhibition Degenerate Art
1941Painting ban
1943 - 1946Retires to Chemnitz
1947Professorship at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin
1967Brücke Museum opened in Berlin on his initiative
1976Dies in Berlin

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff is an honorary citizen of Berlin and Chemnitz.

Our school logo

The ginkgo tree
- the landmark of our school -
a symbol of life

The ginkgo tree is revered in many cultures.
Thus it is a world tree and symbolizes strength and hope for many.
It stands for a long life, friendship, adaptability and invincibility.

Why did we choose it as the symbol of our school?
Our school building at Hohen Straße 25 is surrounded by large trees that are reminiscent of a park. You radiate calm in the midst of the hectic everyday school life.
A ginkgo tree has long been one of them ...

From a biological point of view, the ginkgo is a specialty. Although the leaves, which resemble "green duck feet", fall down in autumn, it is not a deciduous tree. The plant belonging to the group of naked samos is rather counted among the conifers. The ginkgo survived the change of nature for almost 300 million years. He survived the ice ages and finally withdrew to the mountainous world of China. It was only 250 years ago that he returned to Europe from Asia, where he quickly found friends and sponsors.
In the spring of 1946, the tree excited explorers around the world. Just 800 meters from the center of the atomic bomb explosion on Hiroshima, it sprouted fresh shoots from its withered rhizome less than a year later. So it is not surprising that it is seen as a symbol for life.

A few years ago we planted a small one next to the old tree, the crown of which extends to the roof of our school building. For us it symbolizes the flow of life. When our second school building was inaugurated in 2002, the graduates of the time also planted a ginkgo tree there - as a symbol of the "bridge" between the two houses.
Like the ginkgo tree, our school survives. It adapts to the changed times and preserves its essence.

Gingo biloba

This tree's leaf, that of the east
Entrusted to my garden,
Gives a secret sense to taste
How it edifies the knower.

Is it a living being?
That separated in itself
Is it two Who choose
That you know them as one.

To answer such a question
I found the right sense;
Don't you feel by my songs
That I am one and two

Johann Wolfgang Goethe