From 30 September 2023 to 25 February 2024, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg will present a major exhibition on Otto Dix and his influence on art up to the present day. For the first time, Dix’s oeuvre from the time of the Nazi dictatorship will also be comprehensively presented, a time when some of his works were considered “degenerate”. The focus is on the artistic effects of political censorship, conformity and political iconography with reference to contemporary art. 50 works by Dix enter into dialogue with 100 works by 50 international artists.
The first focus of the exhibition curated by Dr Ina Jessen concentrates on Dix’s only supposedly apolitical work from the Nazi era. Starting from Otto Dix’s (1891-1969) radical and provocative works of the 1920s, which are still popular today, an œuvre emerged from 1933 onwards that was far less offensively sociocritical in its visual language: the previously striking images of society were transformed after 1933 into partly subversive, partly subtle forms of …
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Fig. above: Yael Bartana, Degenerate Art Lives (video still), 2010 © Yael Bartana. Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv