Por­tray­ing a na­tion: Ger­many 1919-1933

Tate, Liver­pool Show­ing from: 23 June - 15 Oc­to­ber 2017

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Tate Liver­pool presents the faces of Ger­many be­tween the two World Wars seen through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and pho­tog­ra­pher Au­gust San­der (1876–1964). Por­tray­ing

a Na­tion: Ger­many 1919–1933 brings to­gether two artists whose works doc­u­ment the glamour and mis­ery of the Weimar Repub­lic, a time of rad­i­cal ex­tremes and po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic up­heaval.

This is the first time Dix and San­der have been paired and they re­flect a piv­otal point in Ger­many’s history, as it in­tro­duced demo­cratic rule in the af­ter­math of the First World War. The pe­riod was one of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and in­no­va­tion across the vis­ual arts, dur­ing which both artists were con­cerned with rep­re­sent­ing the

ex­tremes of so­ci­ety, from the flour­ish­ing cabaret cul­ture to in­tense poverty and civil­ian re­bel­lions.

Fea­tur­ing more than 300 paint­ings, draw­ings, prints and pho­to­graphs, the ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on the evo­lu­tion of Dix’s work dur­ing his years in Düs­sel­dorf, from 1922 to 1925, when he be­came one of the fore­most New Ob­jec­tiv­ity painters, a move­ment ex­plor­ing a new style of artis­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion fol­low­ing the First World War.

San­der’s pho­to­graphs also ob­serve a cross-sec­tion of so­ci­ety to present a col­lec­tive por­trait of a na­tion. San­der com­menced his ma­jor pho­to­graphic project Peo­ple of the Twen­ti­eth Century in 1910, an am­bi­tious task that re­sulted in more than 600 im­ages of peo­ple of many dif­fer­ent ‘types’.

Au­gust San­der,

Otto Dix, 1926

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