extended until 02.03. | #2169ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe presents from 13th October 2018 the group exhibition Radical. Visionary. Nonconformist. Centenary of the November Group.
Since the opening of the ‘Möwe’, artists of the November Group have been a main topic of the gallery’s exhibition and collection activities. Our presentation ‘Radical. Visionary. Nonconformist.’ pays tribute to the foundation of this artists’ association, 100 years ago. From 13 October 2018 to 9 February 2019, the ‘Möwe’ exhibits works of art, not only by the founding members Cesar Klein and Moritz Melzer, but also paintings by Hans Brass, Herbert Behrens-Hangeler, Erwin Hahs, Gert H. Wollheim, and Richard Ziegler. The presentation is completed by the works of many other Novembrists, as Rudolf Ausleger, Gottfried Graf, Paul Grunwaldt and Albert Mueller. The director of the Bröhan Museum Berlin, Dr. Tobias Hoffmann, will give the laudatory speech.
The November Group was – until its removal from the register of associations by the National Socialists in 1935 – supported by a democratic and liberal idea: It wanted to unite art and people and was open to all art genres and contemporary forms of expression. From the wide field of styles and motifs shows “The Seagull” impressive examples.
The large-format painting “Berliner mit Weiße” by Rudolf Ausleger opens the exhibition with a typical Berlin motif. The picture, which until recently was still in the USA, was made in 1925, four years after the artist joined the November Group. Ausleger was involved in almost every exhibition of the November Group in Germany and abroad until 1931. Like the pictures of almost all members of this artists’ association, his works were also defamed as “degenerate” during National Socialism.
Also Curt Ehrhardt chose in 1919 with his “cab driver at Tietz” a Berlin theme. The artist came over the Sturm gallery owner Herwarth Walden to the Novembrists. His gouache, which stylistically stands under the influence of the avant-garde currents conveyed by the Sturm circle, impresses with its fresh colors and the almost complete dissolution of the subject motif.
City atmosphere also reflects the watercolor from the 1920s by Cesar Klein. However, he did not create a single, unmistakable motif, but emphasizes in his watercolor formative time phenomena such as the new image of women, the enthusiasm for sport and technology as well as the modern building in a reduced to the essential, almost symbolic way.
The November Group was inspired by a democratic and liberal idea: Its members wanted to unite the art and the masses, and they were open to all contemporary stylish trends, as Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Neorealism, and Abstraction. Furthermore, they cultivate contacts with progressive artists’ groups in Germany and other European countries. Living in large cities, up to an individual view of the contemporary human being.
Vernissage: Friday, 12th October 2018, 6 pm. The director of the Bröhan Museum Berlin, Dr. Tobias Hoffmann, will give the laudatory speech.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 13th October 2018 – Saturday, 9th February 2019 – extended until Saturday, 2 March 2019!
ATTENTION: Christmas Holidays from 22nd December 2018 to 7th January 2019Zur Salongalerie Die Möwe
Centenary of the November Group – Salongalerie Die Möwe | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin