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Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s

Neue Galerie, New York

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Devoted to the development of the arts in Germany and Austria during a decade marked by economic crisis, political disintegration, and social chaos, this exhibition organised by Olaf Peters serves as the third in a trilogy of shows curated by Peters that focus on German history. Comprised of nearly 150 paintings and works on paper, it traces the many routes traveled by German and Austrian artists to demonstrate the artistic developments that foreshadowed, reflected, and accompanied the beginning of WWII. The show brings together works by leading artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, and Alfred Kubin, and artists less familiar to audiences in the US including Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Karl Hubbuch, Richard Oelze, Josef Scharl, and Rudolf Wacker. Find out more about the ‘Before the Fall’ exhibition from the Neue Galeries website.

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Landscape with Rainbow (1930), Franz Sedlacek. © University of Applied Arts Vienna, Collection and Archive

Landscape with Rainbow (1930), Franz Sedlacek. © University of Applied Arts Vienna, Collection and Archive

Expectation (1935–36), Richard Oelze. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

Expectation (1935–36), Richard Oelze. Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY

Paris Society (1931), Max Beckmann. Photo credit: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation/Art Resource, NY© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Paris Society (1931), Max Beckmann. Photo: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation/Art Resource, NY 

Self-Portrait in Camp (1940), Felix Nussbaum. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Self-Portrait in Camp (1940), Felix Nussbaum. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Self-Portrait with Horn (1938), Max Beckmann. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Self-Portrait with Horn (1938), Max Beckmann. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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