Splendor and Misery in the Weimar Republic. From Otto Dix to Jeanne Mammen

27 Oct 2017 – 25 Feb 2018

Schirn Kunsthalle

Hesse, Germany


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​The Weimar Republic is not only char­ac­terised by social tensions, polit­ical strug­gles, soci­etal upheavals, but also by artistic revo­lu­tion. The SCHIRN is devoting a major thematic exhi­bi­tion to the period between 1918 and 1933.


Real­istic, 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.


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