Neue Galerie New York presents “Otto Dix,” the first solo museum exhibition of works by this major German artist ever held in North America. The exhibit opened today and plans on running through August 30, 2010. Organized by Olaf Peters, Professor of Modern Art History and Art Theory at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, the show will open at the Neue Galerie, then travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Otto Dix (1891-1969) the great German Expressionist, was famous for his unique and grotesque style. Although Hitler’s Nazi regime destroyed many of Otto Dix’s works, the majority of his paintings can still be seen in museums throughout Germany and now for the first time in North America.
The exhibition includes more than 100 masterpieces by Otto Dix and addresses four themes. The first is Dix’s 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 for—paintings from the so-called “golden Weimar years”—but to contextualize them, it also includes Dix’s work from the early 1920s, as well as his later work, produced as veiled protest against the Third Reich.
Here are some samples of his work.