George Grosz, The Lovesick Man, 1916, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Photo: Walter Klein © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

About the exhibition

‘Man is not good; he is a beast!’ held George Grosz and made it his mission to broadcast this scathing assessment in his work. To this day, the Berlin artist is famous for his satirical illustrations that address the moral decay in Germany between the First World War and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. With his work, Grosz sought to appeal to the collective social conscience and to probe the darkness behind the façade of polite society. To this end, he intertwined horror and humour, turning his art into an uncompromising weapon to rend the veil of clichés that shrouded – and continues to shroud – the public perception of the so-called Golden Twenties. He shone an unsparing light on the sordid underbelly of his time, its misery, squalor and the bestial side of humanity. His images were published in several art magazines and political periodicals and thus reached wide audiences, earning him admiration and rabid criticism in equal measure. More than once, Grosz had to defend himself in court against charges of blasphemy, offending public decency and similar offences. Many of the trials revolved around the sheet Christ with a Gas Mask, which is on display in the exhibition. Today, these trials still serve as a lesson in artistic freedom, a topic that has lost none of its relevance.

The exhibition, originally conceived by Sabine Rewald for the Metropolitan Museum in New York, presents some 100 paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints and focuses on the period between 1917 and 1933, when Grosz was working in Berlin. Outstanding loans from renowned public and private collections in Europe and America are complemented by numerous works from the Staatsgalerie’s own holdings

Trailer

Ausstellungsfilm

12 € / 10 € incl. collection and Graphic Cabinet

11,50 € / 9,50 € without collection and Graphic Cabinet

Guided tours

in German

Thur | 6.30 7.30 pm | 5 € / 2,50 €

Su | 3.00 4.00 pm| 5 € / 2,50 €

 

The catalog of the exhibition

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Hirmer Verlag. Available in the museum store CEDON and in book stores for 38 €.

Discover the artworks from our collection

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George Grosz, The Lovesick Man, 1916, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Photo: Walter Klein, © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
George Grosz, Big city street with carriage, around 1920, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
George Grosz, Beauty, I will praise you (Sheet 3 in: Ecce Homo), 1919 (1923), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
George Grosz, Christ with the Gasmask, 1927, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Kunstsammlung, © Akademie der Künste, Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
George Grosz, The Eclipse of the Sun, 1926, The Heckscher Museum of Art, New York, © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
George Grosz, The Girl Trafficker (Sheet 8 in: Ecce Homo), 1918 (1923), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

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