First Major Exhibition Ever Held in North America Focusing on Iconic Twentieth-Century German Painter
NEW YORK (January 15, 2009)—On March 11, 2010, Neue Galerie New York will open “Otto Dix,” the first one-man museum exhibition of works by German artist Otto Dix ever held in North America. The show will contain over 100 masterpieces from the United States, Canada, and Europe, and will fill all the exhibition spaces in the museum. It will run through August 30 at the Neue Galerie before travelling to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where it will be on view from September 20, 2010, to January 2, 2011.
More than almost any other German painter, Otto Dix and his works have profoundly influenced the popular notion of the Weimar Republic. His paintings were among the most graphic visual representatives of that period, exposing with unsparing and wicked wit the instability and contradictions of the time. This exhibition will include the paintings that Dix is best know for—paintings from the so-called “golden Weimar years“—but to contextualize them, it will also include Dix’s work from the early 1920s, as well as his later more allegorical work, produced as veiled protest against the Third Reich.
The exhibition is organized by Dr. Olaf Peters, Professor of Modern Art History and Art Theory at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Dr. Peters is a distinguished scholar in the field of 20th-century German art, and the author of many books on that subject.
A fully illustrated catalogue, published by Prestel, will accompany the exhibition. With new research and fresh interpretations from leading scholars on Dix and the art of the Weimar Republic, the publication will be an indispensable contribution to the study of the Weimar era.
Concurrent with the exhibition, the museum will present a lecture series led by a distinguished group of scholars. Lectures are presented at 6:30 p.m. and are free for Members. $8, regular admission; $5, students and seniors. Tickets are available at the main admissions desk on day of lecture.
Thursday, March 11
Curator, Otto Dix
“Intransigent Realism: Otto Dix between the World Wars”
Thursday, March 18
James A. Van Dyke
Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern Art History, Oberlin College
“Otto Dix’s Performance of Painting”
Thursday, March 25
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Curator, Department of 19th-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“The Fearless Sitters of Otto Dix”
Otto Dix was profoundly influenced by his experiences in the First World War. This series, entitled “Battlefields, ” includes films that examine war both directly and obliquely, as visceral event and psychological metaphor.
Monday, March 15 and 22
All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930
Directed by Lewis Milestone, 138 minutes
Monday, March 29 and April 5
Berlin Alexanderplatz, 1931
Directed by Phil Jutzi, 90 minutes
Monday, April 12 and 19
Directed by Bob Fosse, 124 minutes
Monday, April 26 and May 3
The Mother and the Whore, 1973
Directed by Jean Eustache, 210 minutes
Monday, May 10 and 17
From Hell, 2001
Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes, 122 minutes
Films are presented free of charge at 4 p.m. in the Café Fledermaus.
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