Friday, July 06, 2007

Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945

Klaus and Erika Mann Lotte Jacobi... Klaus and Erika Mann (c. 1928–1932, gelatin silver print, Dietmar Siegert Collection). From the exhibition Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. "...The story of photography's phenomenal success in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria during a time of tremendous social and political upheaval is presented in the first survey ever done on this subject. Drawn from several dozen American and international collections, this exhibition is unprecedented in its scope with approximately 150 photographs, books, and illustrated magazines that explore such topics as photomontage and war, gender identity, life and leisure in the modern metropolis, and the spread of surrealism. Recognized masters such as László Moholy-Nagy and Hannah Höch are included with about 100 lesser-known but historically important contemporaries, such as Karel Teige, Kazimierz Podsadecki, Károly Escher, and Trude Fleischmann."


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