Original Prints from George Grosz's 'Ecce Homo' suite
The sleaze of 1920s Berlin and its many agents provocateurs is being brought to life in an exhibition of George Grosz's controversial Ecce Homo suite at the Goldmark Gallery this weekend. George Grosz was a German satirist who came to fame in the years between the two World Wars and his work is best known for its brutal perspective on the failings of the post-war society at large.
The exhibition features all 100 original lithographs from the Ecce Homo suite, the first time an original set has ever been shown in the country. First published in 1923, the series depicts the debauchery that swept over Berlin after Germany lost the First World War; some are explicitly erotic, featuring the uncensored activities of wealthy businessmen and their lustful pursuers; others are more suggestive, or portray the violent side of post-war life on the streets.
The Hayward Gallery from the Southbank currently has a touring show of the suite, set to run until 2014. However, unlike the Goldmark Gallery who have managed to source extremely scarce 1923 originals, the Hayward exhibition will only be showing later and lesser reprints from the 1960s, none of which will be for sale to the public.
'George Grosz - Ecce Homo' starts Saturday, 31st August at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. Entrance to the gallery and the exhibition is free.
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