Magic Realism – Art in Weimar Germany

Last chance -until 14 July 2019 @Tate Modern

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Weimar Republic is like an unbeatable offer – it is a free show at the Tate Modern, and a very rare opportunity for modern art lovers to enjoy such a complete exhibition. A show lasting one year, accessible almost at any time of day, now coming to its last drainings.

As an anniversary event of the First World War, one year ago the Tate’s door opened to German art, covering the period between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the second. Thanks to the generous contribution of the George Economou Collection, and its ‘eloquent’ loan, we can contemplate masterpieces normally not exposed to the public, and admire the selection of some key works in the contexts in which they were originally created and displayed a hundred years ago.

During the 20th century Germany was expressionist: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandisky. The celebration of a perspective’s distortion to give space to feelings and emotion was an attempt to reflect on the human being’s state in all its nakedness. In 1925, the Magic Realists landed in the Weimar Republic. The term was coined by Franz Roh in an attempt to distinguish a movement that explained itself in a glacial and often disturbing depiction of reality, immune to sympathy. The realism of the Weimar Republic was aligned with the asocials, outsiders, freaks: a new avant garde, publicly opposed to the growing political extremism that wanted to represent the dualism between identity and image, what we do and who we are. Obscuring empathy and highlighting the magic of the circus activity and cabaret as an ostentation of the different: splendor and costumes are the main subject’s paintings but also the frequented environments of the artists.

An exhaustive itinerary where you can get lost admiring works by George Grosz, Albert Birkle, Jeanne Mammen, Max Beckmannn, Otto Dix. The latter in his works gives us bizarre portraits, so disturbing as to become ruthless: so rigidly loyal in comparing German society during the Weimar Republic and the brutality of war.

Only four days are left before the curtain goes down and I hope everyone can enjoy this fantastic show.
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