15 October 2018

An exceptional exhibition in Brussels

"Berlin 1912-1932", until 27 January 2019
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) present, until 27 January 2019, the exhibition "Berlin 1912-1932". Through more than 200 works of art, this exceptional exhibition focuses on Berlin as the cultural metropolis of the 1920s and on the different links between the Belgian and German art scene.

Berlin as the cosmopolitan and mythical artistic hotspot of the twenties experienced an unprecedented transformation. Social, political and technological upheavals revolutionized postwar society and artistic creation.
George Scholz, Nightly Noise , 1919, oil on canvas, 56,8 x 51, Private collection, Chicago, USA @ Courtesy of Sotheby's.
The exhibition ‘Berlin 1912-1932’ highlights this key period. With a Belgian view of the German art scene in mind, it pays special attention to an everyday reality that was marked by crisis and utopia, ravage and euphoria, misery and decadence. Known as the ‘Golden twenties’, this gripping era comes alive again through more than 200 major artworks by Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kazimir Malevich, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Hannah Höch
Jean Pougny, Katastrophe , 1924, Graphite, Indian ink and gouache on vellum paper, 54 x 65 cm, Donation of Mrs. Xénia Pougny in 1966, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, inv. AM 3430 D (C) ADAGP, Paris, photo (C) Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Migeat
An impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, films and architecture, lets the visitor experience one of the most fascinating chapters of our history.
The Guggenheim New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, the Stedelijk Museum; more than 50 international museums, institutions and private collectors have lent out their masterpieces for this major exhibition that concludes – in the art world – the commemorations of the Great War.

Unique: at the heart of the exhibition, the 'Cabaret-Philo' invites visitors to reflect on yesterday's and today's challenges. The 'Cabaret-Philo' presents music, performances, debates, dance, workshops, happenings, poetry, cinema and lectures!
Dodo, Theatre Box Logic, for ULK magazine, 1929,
Watercolours, graphite, 40 x 30 cm, Krümmer Fine Art © Krümmer Fine Art
Berlin 1912-1932 is the effervescence of an avant-garde and the artistic creation in a buzzing city. The exhibition shows the diversity of this creativity; the artistic utopias at a time and in a city where everything seemed possible.” 
"However, many works express a vague premonition, like a mysterious omen of what History will reveal later on.”
Inga Rossi-Schrimpf, curator
Belling, RudolfPaul Fuhrmann, The Spirit Of The Time, 1927,
oil and collage on canvas, 110 x 85 cm, Staatliche Schlösser,
Gärten und Kunstsammlungen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, inv. G 2981
©  bpk | Staatliche Schlösser,
Gärten und Kunstsammlungen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern | Hugo Maertens
The significance of this exhibition is not only in the evocation of artistic currents and utopian visions from a past that we now commemorate one hundred years later; but also it is a question of reflecting on what this past – of which museums are the guardians – can mean for us today. The sense of memory is only complete if it is accompanied by a desire to influence the future.”
Michel Draguet, General director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Raoul Hausmann, The Art Critic, 1919-20, Lithograph and printed paper,
31,8 x 25,4 cm, Tate: Purchased 1974, Inv. 
T01918 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017
The great questions that were pondered by the contemporaries of 1918 are no less pertinent today, at a time when our democratic values are being renegotiated everywhere. What future, what sort of society and which kind of environment do we want for ourselves, for our children and our grandchildren to live in?
Michel Draguet, General director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
05.10.2018 > 27.01.2019
Address: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Niveau -3 / -4
Regentschapsstraat 3 rue de la Régence | 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Tuesday > Friday | 10:00 > 17:00; Saturday > Sunday | 11:00 > 18:00; Closed on 1st and 11th of November, 25th of December 2018, 1st & 10th of January 2019.
The exbition is free for visitors under 19 years. www.fine-arts-museum.be
Text edited by Nicolò Villa, Avion Tourism Magazine
Text source and photos: © Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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