Arcadia and Metropolis: Masterworks of German Expressionism from the Nationalgalerie Berlin

Hermann Max Pechstein, Seated Female Nude, Moritzburg, 1910

Oil on canvas
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2004 Nationalgalerie Berlin

b. 1881, Eckersbach, near Zwickau
d. 1955, Berlin

Seated Female Nude, Moritzburg
Hermann Max Pechstein
1910
Hermann Max Pechstein, Seated Female Nude, Moritzburg, 1910
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Potsdamer Platz, 1914

Oil on canvas
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2004 Nationalgalerie Berlin

b. 1880, Aschaffenburg (Lower Bavaria)
d. 1938, Davos/Friedenheim, Switzerland

Potsdamer Platz
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
1914
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Potsdamer Platz, 1914
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Girl Before Mirror, 1915

Oil on canvas
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2004 Nationalgalerie Berlin

b. 1884, Rottluff, near Chemnitz
d. 1976, Berlin

Girl Before Mirror
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
1915
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Girl Before Mirror, 1915
Otto Dix, The Skat Players, 1920

Oil and collage on canvas
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2004 Nationalgalerie Berlin

b. 1891, Untermhaus, near Gera
d. 1969, Singen

The Skat Players
Otto Dix
1920
Otto Dix, The Skat Players, 1920
George Grosz, Gloomy Day, 1921

Oil on canvas
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2004 Nationalgalerie Berlin

b. 1893, Berlin
d. 1959, Berlin

Gloomy Day
George Grosz
1921
George Grosz, Gloomy Day, 1921
Rudolf Schlichter, Portrait of Géza von Cziffra, 1926-27

Oil on cardboard
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2004 Nationalgalerie Berlin

b. 1890, Calw, Baden-Württemberg
d. 1955, Munich

Portrait of Géza von Cziffra
Rudolf Schlichter
1926-27
Rudolf Schlichter, Portrait of Géza von Cziffra, 1926-27

Arcadia and Metropolis: Masterworks of German Expressionism from the Nationalgalerie Berlin

March 12-June 7, 2004

This exhibition presents a selection of important paintings from one of Germany's great collections of twentieth-century art. Covering the period from 1907 to 1926, it demonstrates German artists' varied responses to their country's abrupt encounter with industrialization and urbanization.

Highlights include Max Pechstein's idyllic nude, Seated Female Nude (Moritzburg) (1910); Kirchner's angular cityscape, Potsdamer Platz (1914); and Grosz's brutal depiction of post-World War 1 society, Gloomy Day (1921). It has been organized by Dr. Roland März, curator at the Nationalgalerie Berlin. "Arcadia and Metropolis" is on view from March 12 through June 7, 2004.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.