Art Show OTTO DIX – A world in ruins
Monday, April 7th, 2014 – 00:00
OTTO DIX – A world in ruins. Prints 1920 -1924
The National Museum of Art of Romania and Goethe-Institute Bucharest has the pleasure of inviting you to visit Otto Dix – A world in ruins, an exhibition opened in the Kretzulescu Rooms of the museum.
The exhibition dedicated to Otto Dix (1891 – 1969), one of the most important German artists of the 20th century presents 86 prints and lithographs created between 1920 and 1924.
The exhibition presents the series of 50 prints entitled The War (Der Krieg), a result of the traumatising experience Otto Dix had on the battlefield during the First World War. This experience haunted him all his life, having a strong impact on his creation.
In 1914 Dix enlisted as a volunteer-soldier in the German army and took part in battles in France, Flanders and Russia until 1918. The War series (1923-1924), the culminating point of his graphic work, originates in about 500 drawings dating from this period.
The prints created by Dix, generated by his own experience, were meant to draw the attention of his contemporaries – without concealing the truth – to human misery and the degradation caused by war.
In addition to the War series, the exhibition also presents lithographs and etchings on copper-plate representing images of the 1920’s – prostitutes, old people, workers’ wives, war invalids, circus characters – captured with critical objectivity, sarcasm and irony.
The prints show the passage of Dix from Expressionist, Cubist and Futurist influences to a kind of realism lacking emotion, through which he expresses himself brutally, in the style which will be named New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit). The main interest of the artist is humanity under all its aspects and with all its weaknesses, the human being the dominant theme of the artist’s work.
The exhibition is part of the series of events organised within the „1914-2014” Programme, marking the centenary of the First World War.
Exhibition organised in collaboration with Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).
Period: 7 March 2014 - 25 May 2014
Location: National Museum of Art of Romania, Kretzulescu Rooms, Bucharest
Entrance fee: 4 lei
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday
11:00 – 19:00 (May - September)
10:00 – 18:00 (October - April)