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1920s Berlin

1920s Berlin


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The 1920s in Berlin was a period marked by radical Expressionist paintings, innovative print layouts, the inception of the Bauhaus movement, groundbreaking psychological theories, extravagant drag balls, captivating cabaret shows, the release of the iconic film Metropolis, and the rise of Marlene Dietrich as a star in theater and silent film. Amidst the tumult of two world wars, the decade was a flourishing cultural era that saw revolutionary artistic achievements, technological advancements, and intellectual progress.

This text offers a comprehensive overview of the Weimar era in Berlin, delving into the dynamic and creative environment of the time. By exploring notable achievements in painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic design, photography, and film, readers will gain insight into the innovative ideas and hopeful aspirations of this remarkable cultural period. From the lively jazz bars and dance halls to technological advancements and iconic structures, we witness the electrifying energy of the city, as well as the iconic fashion and empowered women who challenged traditional norms.

This collection highlights artistic pieces from the 1920s in Berlin, featuring works such as Hannah Höch's The Journalists, Lotte Jacobi's Hands on Typewriter, Otto Dix's Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden, Peter Behrens's project of the Alexanderplatz, and Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel, starring Dietrich as the cabaret performer Lola Lola. Through these works, we gain insight into the utopian ideals and the harsh economic and political realities that influenced the era's escapist and reactionary masterpieces. Beyond the glitz and glamour, we witness the underlying inflation, factory labor, and fragile political stability that ultimately led to its demise with the rise of National Socialism.
  • English edition
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
  • Published in 2022
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.4 × 8.5 × 0.7 inches  (26.4 × 21.6 × 1.8 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 lb (22.4 oz; 635 g)
  • SKU010011719 | 9783836550505

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About the Author

Rainer Metzger

Rainer Metzger studied art history, history, and German literature in Munich and Augsburg. In 1994, he earned his Ph.D. on the subject of Dan Graham, and subsequently worked as a fine arts journalist for the Viennese newspaper Der Standard. He has written numerous books on art, including volumes on van Gogh and Chagall. Since 2004, he has worked as Professor of art history at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.


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