The Art of Society
1900–1945: The Nationalgalerie Collection

22.08.2021 to 02.07.2023
Neue Nationalgalerie

After six years of closure for renovations, the Neue Nationalgalerie will once again present major works of Classical Modernism from the Nationalgalerie collection. The Art of Society shows some 250 paintings and sculptures created between 1900 and 1945 by artists including Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Lotte Laserstein and Renée Sintenis.

The works of art assembled in the exhibition reflect the social processes of a turbulent time, among them the German Empire’s reform movements, the First World War, the Weimar Republic’s Golden Twenties, National Socialism’s ostracism of the avant-garde, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. Extending beyond a pure history of aesthetics, the collection impressively demonstrates the connection between art and social history. In the process the open floor plan of Mies van de Rohe’s iconic architecture affords different perspectives on the various currents of the avantgarde.

Exhibition Catalogue

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication edited by Joachim Jäger, Dieter Scholz and Irina Hiebert Grun: The Art of Society, 1900 – 1945, an exhibition catalogue of the Neue Nationalgalerie, DCV Verlag, Berlin, 2021. Price: approx. 27 euros.

A collection presentation by the Nationalgalerie, Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

Die Kunst der Gesellschaft. 1900-1945. Sammlung der NationalgalerieLotte Laserstein, Abend über Potsdam, 1930Erworben mit Unterstützung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, der Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Ber-lin, der Kulturstiftung der Länder, der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung und anderer
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Roman März
Avantgarden im Blick


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Otto Dix, The Skat Players, 1920, acquired in 1995 by the Friends of the National Gallery and the State of Berlin
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021. Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
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Neue Nationalgalerie, 2021, Exterior view
© Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Simon Menges
Neue Nationalgalerie Receives the Docomomo Rehabilitation Award in 2021
Reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie from August 22, 2021, Michael Eissenhauer, Joachim Jäger, Monika Grütters, Michael Müller, Hermann Parzinger (from left to right).
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Photo: David von Becker
Reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie as of 22 August 2021
Alexander Calder, Têtes et queue, 1965, Sheet metal, bolts, paint, 550 x 470 x 330 cm / 216 1/2 x 185x 130, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Photo: Stephanie von Becker
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