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Twilight over Berlin - Israel Museum Jerusalem

Masterpieces from the Nationalgalerie Berlin

The beginning of the 20th century saw an artistic flourishing in Germany embodied in the works of the great Expressionists, and later in that of the innovative artists of the Weimar Republic. The Nazi regime sought to put an end to this artistic activity – branding it “degenerate art” – and many of the artists had to flee Germany, creating an avant-garde exiled community whose influence also reached pre-State Israel. Marking 50 years of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, the exhibition (22.10.2015 19.03.2016) displays masterpieces from the Nationalgalerie by

>> Max Beckmann * 1884 Leipzig1950 New York
>> Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix * 1891 Gera1969 Singen
>> Wassily Kandinsky * 1866 Moskau1944 Neuilly-sur-Seine
>> Ernst Ludwig Kirchner * 1880 Aschaffenburg1938 Frauenkirch-Wildboden
>> Paul Klee * 1879 Münchenbuchsee1940 Muralto
>> Emil Nolde * 1867 Buhrkall (Nolde) † 1956 Seebüll
>> Karl Schmidt-Rottluff * 1884 Chemnitz1976 Berlin

among others.
These powerful works, which cannot leave the viewer unmoved, represent the victory of the aesthetic heritage of modernism over oppression and persecution. (Text: The Israel Museum Jerusalem)