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Whether in the visual arts, literature, cinema, science or fashion–in the crises after World War I, the fascination with “types” was largely influenced by a debate that was pervasive in the Weimar period: the search for the “face of the era.” People were looking for new role models, and the portraits by artists of the New Objectivity movement such as Otto Dix, George Grosz, Jeanne Mammen and Hanna Nagel testify to this. Many of the clichéd images, such as those of the “new woman” or the “worker,” however, continue to have an effect in the present, reminding us with their classification of individuals of a problem that lives on in today’s bigotry.
A broad spectrum of contributors from art history, medical history, media studies, and sociology venture into a detailed investigation of the historical context of the 1920s and the complex interactions between art and its time. An installation developed especially for the exhibition by contemporary artist Cemile Sahin, born in 1990, spans an arc to the present.
Atelier Gerstenberg, Hans Baluschek, Rudolf Bergander, Albert Birkle, Richard Birnstengel, Friedrich Bochmann, Steffi Brandl, Gottfried Brockmann, Friedrich Busack, Heinrich Maria Davringhausen, Dodo (Dörte Clara Wolff), Erich Drechsler, Kate Diehn-Bitt, Rudolf Dischinger, Otto Dix, Erich Drechsler,Hermann Fechenbach, Conrad Felixmüller, Fred Goldberg, Otto Griebel, George Grosz, Hans Grundig, Lea Grundig, Elsa Haensgen-Dingkuhn, Hainz Hamisch, Olga Hayduk, Nini und Carry Hess, Heinrich Hoerle, Karl Hubbuch, Lotte Jacobi, Grethe Jürgens, Alexander Kanoldt, Annelise Kretschmer, Bernhard Kretzschmar, Paula Lauenstein, Lotte Lesehr-Schneider, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Jeanne Mammen, Hanna Nagel, Gerta Overbeck, Lotte B. Prechner, Kurt Querner, Anton Räderscheidt, August Sander, Christian Schad, Josef Scharl, Rudolf Schlichter, Wilhelm Schnarrenberger, Georg Scholz, Friedrich Seidensticker, Alice Sommer, Cami Stone, Erika Streit, Ernst Thoms, Adolf Uzarski, Kurt Weinhold, Erik Winnertz,Richard Ziegler and Cemile Sahin