The Tate Modern’s upcoming year long free display will explore  the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33). 

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Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V, 1921, The George Economou Collection (c)DACS, London, 2017. 

Drawing on the  George Economou Collection, this display of seventy paintings and works on paper will address the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era. The display will offer a rare opportunity  to view a range of artworks not ordinarily on public display – some of which have never been seen in the United Kingdom before.

The term ‘Magic Realism’ is today commonly associated  with the literature of Latin America, it was inherited from the artist and critic Franz Roh who invented it in 1925 to describe a shift from the anxious and emotional art of the expressionist era, towards the cold veracity and unsettling imagery of this inter-war period.

As well as exploring how artists responded to social spaces and the studio, entertainment sites like the cabaret and the circus will be highlighted, including a display of Otto Dix’s enigmatic Zirkus (‘Circus’) print portfolio.

The display will feature work by Otto Dix, George Grosz and Max Beckmann alongside the work of works of under recognised artists such as Albert Birkle, Jeanne Mammen and Rudolf Schlichter.

Magic Realism Art in Weimar Germany 1919-1933 is curated by Matthew Gale, Head of Displays and Katy Wan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

Magic Realism Art in Weimar Germany 1919-1933 will be on display at Tate Modern from the 30th July 2018 until the 14th July 2019. 

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