OPENING RECEPTION “Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity)” at Redbud Arts Center

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OPENING RECEPTION “Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity)” at Redbud Arts Center

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

EXHIBIT ON VIEW JUNE 1 – JULY 27, 2024: Redbud Arts Center presents works on paper from our collection by the artists Otto Dix, George Grosz, Jeanne Mammen, Rudolf Schlichter, and Max Beckmann in “Neue Sachlichkeit” (New Objectivity).” This exhibition is held in conjunction with PrintHouston Biennial 2024 for its 9th celebration of printmaking.

On November 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. A “new” world ensued and encapsulated daily life in Germany with Berlin and Dresden acting as the nexuses. Painters such as Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, and Rudolph Schlichter, all of whom served in WWI, narrated their own perspective about life in the newly formed Weimar Republic, which lasted from 1918 to 1933. Die Neue Sachlichkeit or New Objectivity was born.

“The art historian Dennis Crockett says there is no direct English translation, and breaks down the meaning in the original German: Sachlichkeit should be understood by its root, Sache, which means thing, fact, subject, or object. Sachlich could be best understood as factual, matter of fact, impartial, practical, or precise. Sachlichkeit is the noun form of the adjective/adverb and usually implies matter-of-factness.

The artists depicted a new reality in response to their experience of The First World War, disrupting the established form of Expressionism. Through their careful strokes, realistic viewpoints, and socially engaged themes, each one of them deranged the Expressionist Movement and made it fail to continue. Die Neue Sachlichkeit shows facets of the “new” life after WWI, showing war cripples, rape, prostitution, misery, poverty, widowhood, violence, and death. The works about this period in human history, our history, juxtapose a new but dark reality with a joie de vivre and the decadence of night life during the time of the Weimar Republic.


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