Lene Schneider-Kainer (1885 - 1971)


1885 Lene Schneider-Kainer is born in Vienna as the daughter of the jewish painter Sigmund Schneider; studies is Vienna and Munich


1909 – 1912 Resident in Paris


1910 Marries Ludwig Kainer (1885 – 1967), German doctor, painter, graphic artist and scenographer


1912 Moves to Berlin, regular participation in the city’s cultural life, friends with Else Lasker-Schüler, Franz Werfel, Arnold Schönberg, among others


1917 Breakthrough and great acknowledgement for first solo exhibition at the Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt


1925 Opening of a Fashion-Art-Salon in Berlin


1926 Divorces from Ludwig Kainer


1926 – 1928 two year Asia expedition with author Bernhard Kellermann (1879 – 1951) along the Marco Polo route, commissioned by the Berliner Tagblatt; on return, numerous exhibitions of travel images in Berlin, Magdeburg, Stuttgart, Kiel, London, Rome, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Copenhagen, New York and Philadelphia


1931 Villa Massimo Rome-Prize, resident in Rome


1932 – 1937 Moves to the Baleric Islands, founds a guesthouse for emigrated artists on Ibiza


1938 Moves to New York


1938 – 1954 Foundation of a publishing company under the pseudonym „Elena Eleska“; development of wash-and-chewable childrens books


1954 Moves to Cochabamba (Bolivia); foundation of a textils factory with her son Peter


1971 Lene Schneider-Kainer dies in Cochabamba

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