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Alice Neel in Dix und die Gegenwart

Dix und die Gegenwart
September 30, 2023 - February 25, 2024
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Deichtorhallen Hamburg are preparing a large-scale exhibition on Otto Dix and his continuing influence on art today. Presented in the Deichtorhallen's Hall for Contemporary Art, the show is scheduled to run from September 30, 2023 to February 25, 2024. For the first time, Dix's oeuvre from the Nazi era will be examined in the context of a comprehensive exhibition. Accordingly, the artistic impact of political censorship, conformity and political iconography with reference to contemporary art will take center stage.

Starting out from his radical and provocative - and to this day popular - paintings of the 1920s, Otto Dix (1891-1969) went on to create an ostensibly apolitical body of work after 1933, whose visual language was far less aggressively critical of society. During the Nazi era, his previously striking depictions of German society morphed into partly subversive, partly subtle forms of contemporary social critique.

Images of war and socio-critical milieu studies gave way mainly to landscapes, commissioned portraits and, from 1937 on, Christian allegorical subjects. To date, the work Otto Dix created during the Nazi era has taken a backseat in exhibitions and research – a lack of attention the exhibition DIX AND THE PRESENT aims to redress.