AboutRealistic, ironic and grotesque works illustrate the struggle for democracy and paint the picture of a society characterized by crisis and transition. Working through the horrors of World War I in pictures of crippled soldiers and ”war profiteers“, the city with its entertainment industry and the increase of prostitution, political unrest and economic disasters are interpreted in a variety of styles as are the role model of the “new woman” or the debates on article 175 (anti-homosexuality) and article 218 (anti-abortion). Social changes brought about by industrialization, or the growing enthusiasm for sport are also reflected in the art of the time.
The exhibition brings together around 200 artworks by known and lesser known artists including Max Beckmann, Kate Diehn-Bitt, Otto Dix, Dodo, Conrad Felixmüller, George Grosz, Carl Grossberg, Hans and Lea Grundig, Karl Hubbuch, Lotte Laserstein, Alice Lex-Nerlinger, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Jeanne Mammen, Oskar Nerlinger, Franz Radziwill, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, Georg Scholz and Richard Ziegler. Together with historical photographs, films, newspapers and posters the SCHIRN presents an impressive panorama of the art of the Weimar Republic.