Otto Dix and the New Objectivity The Eye of the World
Exhibition view The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World. Otto Dix and the New Objectivity

Different exhibitions and research projects are / were making the New Objectivity the center of attention. In Stuttgart, the Kunstmuseum used its important collection of works by Otto Dix as a basis to understand this style as a major artistic language in modernism. Otto Dix self-confidently seized upon one of the great currents of twentieth-century art: “The New Objectivity, I invented that.”

The exhibition brought together around 120 works to investigate what characterizes the New Objectivity and how variously the term has been used and interpreted since the 1920s. At the time, conservative and progressive artists alike adopted its visual language. Otto Dix, with his portraits and radical images of society and war, created key examples of this new aesthetic, caricaturing and criticizing the conditions of the Weimar Republic. Even after 1933, Dix continued working in the style of the New Objectivity in his landscapes.

One focus of the exhibition was a direct comparison between Dix and artists such as Christian Schad, George Grosz, Rudolf Schlichter, Werner Peiner, Franz Radziwill, Georg Scholz, and Franz Lenk, which illuminates the different reactions to the National Socialist aesthetic and art policy.

Curators Simone Schimpf, Ilka Voermann
Sponsored by Volksbank Stuttgart eG, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg, RIB Software

Franz Radziwill, Wilhelm Schnarrenberger, Otto Dix, Wilhelm Lachnit, exhibition view “The Eye of the World. Otto Dix and the New Objectivity,“ Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2012
Otto Dix, Christian Schad, Georg Schimpf, exhibition view “The Eye of the World. Otto Dix and the New Objectivity,“ Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2012
Rudolf Schlichter, Christian Schad, exhibition view “The Eye of the World. Otto Dix and the New Objectivity,“ Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2012