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The mad square
modernity in German art 1910–37

Ludwig Meidner Apocalyptic landscape 1913 (detail), oil on canvas, private collection, courtesy Richard Nagy, London © Ludwig Meidner-Archiv. Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main. Homepage image: Christian Schad Self-portrait 1927 (detail) Private collection, courtesy Tate London © Christian Schad Stiftung Aschaffenburg. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

In an era of chaos came an explosion of creativity – edgy, provocative, yet utterly compelling.

Germany at the start of the 20th century was a country in turmoil. With the formation of the Weimar Republic, replacing the old imperial system, came a dramatic shift in thinking. In the new metropolis of Berlin and beyond, a period of intense creativity flourished amid chaos and revolution.

Bold new movements such as Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism, Bauhaus and New Objectivity exploded onto the turbulent social landscape. The artists’ interest in experimentation extended across art forms, forging influential directions in painting, photography, design, decorative arts, film, theatre, street art and political satire.

The mad square: modernity in German art 1910-37 brings together over 200 diverse works exploring the fascinating and complex ways in which artists sought to portray the modern world. Featuring leading artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Hannah Höch and El Lissitzky among others, this major exhibition is drawn from renowned international and Australian collections.

Award-winning publication

Winner of the best large catalogue, Art Association of Australia & New Zealand book/catalogue prize 2012. Available from the Gallery Shop in hardcover and

Berlin Sydney

Immerse yourself in the culture, glamour and decadence of the roaring 20s with a program of cultural events inspired by the Weimar Republic at leading arts venues across Sydney. View the Berlin Sydney program

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6 Aug – 6 Nov 2011

$20.00 adult
$15.00 concession
$15.00 member
$40.00 season ticket
$30.00 member/concession season ticket
$5.00 student in booked school group
Season tickets only available in person. Parental guidance recommended for young visitors

Major exhibition gallery