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Art and Culture in the Golden Years of Weimar Republic

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Erika Latvaitytė

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Art and Culture in the Golden Years of Weimar Republic
Overview
The Golden Age (1924-1929) of Weimar Republic saw many changes to cultural life of Germany. There was a resurgence of creative flair that made Berlin the center of art and culture.
Many new movements such as Expressionism and Modernism shaped the culture of the time. It is represented in literature, art, architecture, cinema and theatre.
Art
Expressionist artworks created were the “world” and reality was interpreted by the Artist
There was use of new techniques to express feelings and emotions in artworks of honest brutality.
Paul Klee, Max Beckmann and George Grosz criticised conservatives and the middle class in their works.
Literature
Flowering of brilliant literature, Thomas Mann won the Nobel Peace prize for literature Much of the literature
Much of the literature was affected by the World War I such as the Famous novel “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque
Theatre
Provocative theatre and Cabaret flourished with many new satirical works
Playwright Erwin Piscator produced the Proletarian theatre that was specific to challenging the values of the Middle Class
Many political plays were produced like Bertolt Brecht’s Marxist plays which confronted audiences.
Conclusion
For some, this tide of cultural experimentation s exciting and liberating. For others, it was a sign of the discipline of a once-great nation.
Swiss Painter of German Nationality taught at Bauhuas School Worked with Stained Glass and Mural paintings
Paul Klee
Max Beckmann
German Printmaker, Painter, Sculptor and Writer. Reluctant expressionist
Cinema
Like in Art, Berlin became the world leader in Cinema. It made more films in the 1920’s than all of Europe put together
It made more films in the 1920’s than all of Europe put together. Cinematic “Masterpieces” were made like
Metropolis, Nosferatu, The Blue Angel and The cabinet of DR Calligeri
Great Directors like Fritz Lang, Joseph von Sternberg and Ernst Lubitsch
Architecture
New Architectural designs brought on by the cultural and societal ideas like modernism
The new buildings challenged the traditions of the old
In 1919 Walter Gropius a leading architect founded the Bauhaus School for Architecture
At this new School Gropius taught that art should work with the new technology and placed emphasis on buildings having functionality.
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