NEW YORK, NY.-
From March 11 to August 30, 2010, Neue Galerie
New York presents Otto Dix, the first one-man museum exhibition of works by this major German artist ever held in North America. Organized by Olaf Peters, Professor of Modern Art History and Art Theory at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, the show contains more than 100 masterpieces from the United States, Canada, and Europe. After its run at the Neue Galerie, the exhibition will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
More than almost any other German painter, Otto Dix (1891-1969) and his works have profoundly influenced the popular notion of the Weimar Republic. His paintings were among the most graphic visual representatives of that period, exposing with unsparing and wicked wit the instability and contradictions of the time.
The exhibition addresses four themes. The first is Dixs traumatic experiences as a soldier in World War I. The second is portraiture, a genre at which the artist excelled. The third is sexuality, a key theme in the Dix oeuvre. The fourth is religious and allegorical painting. The show includes the work that Dix is best know forpaintings from the so-called golden Weimar yearsbut to contextualize them, it also includes Dixs work from the early 1920s, as well as his later work, produced as veiled protest against the Third Reich.