Preview: 'Portraying a Nation'
Tate Liverpool's new exhibition 'Portraying a Nation' will bring together the work of painter Otto Dix and photographer August Sander to explore the construction of historical narratives.
Presenting the faces of Germany between the two World Wars, the work documents the glamour and gloom of the Weimar Republic - from it's radical social extremes to it's political and economic upheaval.
Featuring over 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, the exhibition unites two complementary artistic visions. ‘Otto Dix: The Evil Eye’ explores Dix’s harshly realistic depictions of German society and the brutality of war; focusing on the evolution of in his work during his years in Düsseldorf when he became one of the foremost New Objectivity painters.
Otto Dix, Reclining Woman on a Leopard Skin
While ‘ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander’ presents photographs from Sander’s best known series ‘People of the Twentieth Century’. These photographs also observe a cross-section of society to present a collective portrait of a nation - consisting of 600 images in which people were categorised into what Sander described as ‘types’. These included artists, musicians, circus workers, farmers and, in the late 1930s, images of Nazi officers.
More than 140 photographs from the 'ARTIST ROOMS' collection will be displayed to create a large-scale timeline of Weimar Germany, placing individual subjects against a backdrop of the era’s tumultuous cultural and political history.
Lead image - August Sander: Portrait Heinrich Hoerle
'Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933' runs from 23 June - 15 October 2017 at Tate Liverpool.