Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany: 1919 - 1933

Tate Modern

30 July 2018 – 14 July 2019

This exhibition explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) and the 'magic realism' of the inter-war period.

Conrad Felixmüller, The Beggar of Prachatice, 1924

This presentation of around 70 paintings and works on paper will address the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty.

Important loans offer a rare opportunity to view a range of works not ordinarily on public display – some of which have never been seen in the United Kingdom before – and to see a selection of key Tate works returned to the context in which they were originally created and exhibited nearly 100 years ago.

Works by Otto Dix, George Grosz and Max Beckmann, perhaps best known today for their unsettling depictions of Weimar life, will be presented alongside the works of under-recognised artists such as Albert Birkle, Jeanne Mammen and Rudolf Schlichter, and many others whose careers were curtailed by the end of the Weimar period due to the rise of Nationalist Socialism and its agenda to promote art that celebrated its political ideologies.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm, Fri and Sat until 10pm (last admission to special exhibitions 45 mins before closing)

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