Weimar as an area of conflict
The exhibition focuses on the first years of German democracy, the Weimar Republic. This is the period between the end of World War 1 – in conjunction with the end of the German Empire – and the beginning of the Nazi regime in Germany. It is marked by great political, social and societal upheaval. This is also reflected in the contemporary art and culture: during these brief 14 years, a wide variety of styles and trends arise.
The exhibition brings works from the Bönsch Collection together with own inventory from the Museum of Art and Cultural History Schloss Gottorf, creating a highly topical exhibition. It addresses the central issues of the Weimar Republic such as war experience and revolution, vibrant nightlife and social misery, searching for a new society and new forms of art, but is also dedicated to outstanding figures in art such as George Grosz, Max Liebermann, Georg Tappert, Wenzel Hablik, Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz.