Munich ;Lenbachhaus “Human, All Too Human”
by Venetia Kapernekas
A quick Sunday afternoon visit at Lenbachhaus to see “Human, All Too Human” which opened on July 22, 2014 (duration July 22-December 31, 2015)
“In 1911, the young Otto Dix read Nietzsche’s Human, All Too Human, a book for “free spirits” from which our exhibition takes its title. The engagement with Nietzsche’s philosophy informs Dix’s entire oeuvre, which takes an unflinching look at humankind.
Rudolf Schlichter:Bertold Brecht, ca. 1926, oil on canvas (Staedtische Galerie im Lenbacchaus und Kunstbau, Munich)
“….The experiences of the Great War radically changed how people saw the world and their fellow men. Profoundly shaken, many artists of the Weimar Republic focused on a starkly realistic rendition of reality. Their works illustrate the critical gaze with which they observed the world in the period leading up to the outbreak of World War II, a time rich in contrasts and disruptions.
At the heart of new presentation at the Lenbachhaus will be the ‘human condition,’ the vision of the human being
Georg Grosz:Man and Woman, 1926, oil on canvas, private collection, Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, NJ
Works that have become iconic such as Christian Schad’s Surgery, Rudolf Schlichter’s Portrait of Bertolt Brecht, and Josef Scharl’s Fallen Soldier will once again be on display, together with art by Georg Schrimpf, Wilhelm Heise, Heinrich Maria Davringhausen, and Franz Radziwill. The presentation will be rounded out by pictures by Erna Dinklage, Herbert Ploberger, and Helmut Kolle that have not been on public display in a long time. (museum press release)