Portraying a Nation

23 Jun — 15 Oct 2017 at the Tate Liverpool in Liverpool, United Kingdom

18 MAY 2017
Portraying a Nation. Courtesy of Tate
Portraying a Nation. Courtesy of Tate

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933 presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) - two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.

Featuring more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, Portraying a Nation combines two exhibitions: Otto Dix: The Evil Eye, which includes paintings and works on paper that explore Dix’s harshly realistic depictions of German society and brutality of war, and Artist Rooms: August Sander, which presents photographs from Sander’s best known series People of the Twentieth Century, his attempt to document the German people.

In painting and photography, these works from a pivotal point in the country’s history reflect both the glamour and the misery of Weimar Republic.