Another opening at the Neue

WAG last spent time at the Neue Galerie New York touring the impressive exhibition “Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty,” which we featured in our December issue.

Now, the gallery, also known as The Museum for German and Austrian Art, is set to open the third show in a trilogy of exhibitions focusing on German history.

“Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s” will open March 8 and feature nearly 150 paintings and works on paper to, advance materials share, “trace the many routes traveled by German and Austrian artists and will demonstrate the artistic developments that foreshadowed, reflected and accompanied the beginning of World War II.”

The show, we are told, will be “devoted to the development of the arts in Germany and Austria during a decade marked by economic crisis, political disintegration and social chaos.”

The exhibition, which will include works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka and Alfred Kubin, along with artists less familiar to audiences in the United States, will continue through May 28.

In addition, Neue Galerie New York has announced a new collaboration with the artist Michele Oka Doner in connection with “Before the Fall,” as shared here:

“Pandiscio Green, the firm responsible for the inventive exhibition installation scheme, has conceived of a design that highlights the artistic avant-garde’s new relationship to landscape painting, a genre which these artists used in new ways – to subvert traditional ideas about seemingly innocuous views of nature and to reflect on the social and political atmosphere of the time.

“Michele Oka Doner, whose conceptual and material oeuvre is deeply rooted in the natural world, has been invited to create a site-specific sculpture for this installation. Oka Doner has created numerous prominent installations at sites around the world, including ‘A Walk on the Beach” for the Miami International Airport.’”

Neue Galerie New York is at 1048 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan.

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– Mary Shustack

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