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Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Jun 2, 2001 - Oct 8, 2001


Georg Grosz, In Memory of Richard Wagner (1922-23),
drawing

The 1920s was a period of radical change in Germany. Although the Weimar Republic was known as the "Golden Twenties", the German people of this decade experienced constant confrontation on all levels: social, economic, political and artistic.

From the social and economic ravages of WWII to Expressionist painting and film, from a fascination with the American way of life - characterized by chewing gum and swing dancing - to armed brutality, the German culture underwent rapid reconstruction. Artists of the period struck out with vehemence and anger to express their criticism. The drawings produced during this time were deliberately revolutionary, accusatory, despairing and impassioned. Hundreds of etchings, pencil drawings, drypoints and lithographs in this exhibit describe the culture, the work, war and lust in graphic detail.

An exhaustive catalogue of drawings and essays is available, and a symposium entitled "Working the Weimar: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Weimar Republic" will be held June 2 from 10-5. A series of Weimar Period films will be screened at Pacific Cinematheque on June 7, 14, 21 and 28. call (604) 6883456 for exact times.

Showing concurrently with the Weimar exhibit, 70 original prints by Rembrandt van Rijn include landscapes, biblical themes and self-portraits. Their delicate yet forceful lines leave no doubt that Rembrandt was one of the finest printmakers in history.

SYMPOSIUM Working the Weimar: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Weimar Republic, June 2, 2001, 10am-5pm Room 403, Vancouver Art Gallery

© Mia Johnson