Constructing the World: Art and Economics- 1919-1939 and 2008-2018

On View: October 11, 2018- March 2, 2019, Kunsthalle Mannheim

Ten years after the climax of the global financial crisis of 2008, which shook the economies of America and Europe to their foundations and had a lasting impact on our present, this thematic exhibition illustrates for the first time the dramatic impact of the economy on art in a global comparison, and compares the two epochs. Economic phenomena in the Classical Modernism of the 1920s / 30s are reflected with focus on Germany, Russia and the USA and juxtaposed with artistic positions of the immediate present.

For this exhibition the Merrill C. Berman Collection has loaned works by Lester Beall, Alexander Deineka, Nikolai Dolgorukov, Max Gebhard, Hugo Gellert, Carl Grossberg, John Hearfield, Karl Hubbuch, Gustav Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, El Lissitzky, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Dimitri Moor, Yuri Pimenov, Franz Wilhelm Seiwert and Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg.

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