May 29 – September 13, 2020
A World in Transition. The Art of the 1920s – from Otto Dix to August Sander
The 1920s was a time of great extremes and contrasts, full of hope and despair, light and shade. In this exhibition, painting and photography enter into dialogue to illuminate a period which, while abounding in artistic innovation, was also showing growing signs of the impending cultural decline brought by the Nazis. The movements of New Objectivity in painting and New Vision in photography, with their modern styles, strove to achieve an objective, true-to-life or veristic representation of their subjects. The exhibition traces this artistic dialog through a series of portraits, particularly nudes and self-portraits, cityscapes, still lifes, images of industry and technology and political collages. It showcases some 220 photographs, paintings and graphic artworks alongside the leading photographic publications of the day and selected films by avant-garde artists. Created in cooperation with the Bucerius Kunst Forum museum in Hamburg, it features works by artists such as Aenne Biermann and Erwin Blumenfeld, Otto Dix, Hugo Erfurth, Carl Grossberg, Florence Henri, Hannah Höch, Karl Hubbuch, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Walter Peterhans, Max Radler, August Sander, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, Georg Scholz, Sasha Stone and Umbo.