The opening exhibition leads up to the main concern of our gallery. A first, representative cross-section invites to discover the artists’ generation of the 20th century, whose creative continuity was interrupted by historic events. Quite frequently, they were also denied recognition. Meanwhile, the biographies of a number of artists biographies have been comprehensively drawn up, but many an individual fate is still to be investigated. The salon gallery wants to contribute to the presentation of, and recognition for, those artists.
Twenty painters and graphic artists are represented in the selection of about 40 works on offer. Some of them were already renowned in the art metropolis Berlin during the 1920s and 1930s. Herwarth Walden presented their works in his gallery Sturm, and they participated in exhibitions by the November group. During the National Socialist rule, the artists of the lassical Modern were being vilified.
After 1945, those artists continued pre-war developments and ventured a new beginning. Germany’s partition and the Cold War led to a loss of mutual inspiration. Nevertheless, the artists acquired – by different ways – a high quality in their later works.
|Rudolf-Werner Ackermann||Thilo Maatsch|
|Rudolf Bauer||Jeanne Mammen|
|Herbert Behrens-Hangeler||Gerhard Marcks|
|Hans Brass||Wolfgang Mattheuer|
|Oskar Fischer||Georg Meistermann|
|Erwin Hahs||Margarethe Moll|
|Hannah Höch||Emy Roeder|
|Edmund Kesting||Christian Rohlfs|
|Hans Kinder||Egon Pukall|
|Hans Laabs||Sava Sekulić|