Hamburger Kunsthalle

till 24 September 2023


To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the chums’ society Freunde der Kunsthalle e.V., the Hamburger Kunsthalle pays tribute in 2023 to its main supporter with an exhibition of work, sculptures and works on paper from its Fashionable Artwork assortment courting from the years round 1923. Round 60 displays have been chosen that present insights into inventive observe, social currents and historic occasions in Germany and Hamburg that 12 months. The featured works, by artists together with Alma del Banco, Rudolf Belling, Robert Desnos, Walter Dexel, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Karl Hofer, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Karl Kluth, Rudolf Levy, Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen, László Moholy-Nagy, Anita Rée and Friedrich Wield, will likely be loosely inserted into the everlasting assortment show dedicated to Classical Modernism. They make clear a stunning interval in historical past, giving viewers a vivid impression of the inventive fecundity of what’s usually referred to as the »disaster 12 months« of 1923.


1923 is today thought of to have been a fateful 12 months. Extreme crises have been unsettling the younger Weimar Republic because the occupation of the Ruhr area, hyperinflation, rampant poverty and coup makes an attempt put German democracy to the check. On the similar time, although, the twenties witnessed a thriving artwork and tradition scene in addition to nice enthusiasm for widespread sports activities. Theatre, cabaret, dance occasions and concert events flourished, as did the cinema and literature. The tradition of the day was political, avant-garde and marked by a formidable diploma of range, with Impressionism, Expressionism, New Objectivity, Surrealism and utilized arts on the state-run Bauhaus fortunately present side-by-side.


A publication within the Kleine Reihe sequence will accompany the exhibition, that includes texts by Juliane Au, Gabriele Himmelmann, Florian Ludwig, Karin Schick, Jan Steinke and Andreas Stolzenburg (scheduled for June 2023, approx. 150 pages).