A fashion illustration showing models wearing various party dresses. Date: 20th June 1928
The Fashion & Textile Museum in London is currently showing clothing and fashion photography from the 1920s, “a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929”. According to the exhibition catalogue, “women’s clothing in the 1920s reflected dizzying social change on an unprecedented scale. From Paris and London to New York and Hollywood, the decade following the Great War offered the modern woman a completely new style of dressing.”
The exhibition programme includes Charleston dance classes and a talk by Caroline Cox about “1920s Hair & Beauty”. Continue reading
The Museum Ludwig in Cologne is hosting an exhibition of works by Karl Schenker, one of Weimar’s most famous society photographers: “Everybody who was anybody had their portrait taken in his Berlin studio on the famous Kurfürstendamm.” Many thanks to Dorothy Price for drawing our attention to this fabulous show! Continue reading
The journalist Pamela Hutchinson is regularly writing about the history of silent film and its stars. For her column “Silent but deadly!“, appearing fortnightly in The Guardian, she has covered Clara Bow, Lotte Reiniger, and Rudolph Valentino. She also writes for Sight&Sound and Silent London. An interesting resource for any scholars of silent cinema!
Vor der Westfalenhütte, Dortmund, 1928-1933
The Ruhrmuseum Essen is currently hosting an exhibition of Erich Grisar’s documentary photography from 1928-1933. Grisar is primarily known as a working-class writer and journalist, and this new show puts his photography work centre-stage for the first time. Spiegel Online features a selection of photos from the exhibition.
Over the past weeks, three new exhibitions have opened on two different continents, almost at the same time, that put Weimar culture back into the spotlight of wider public attention.
In New York, Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933 at the Neue Galerie “explores the city using a multi-media approach, revealing this complex period through painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, architecture, film, and fashion.” In LA, New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art claims to be “the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States to explore the dominant artistic trends of this period.” Meanwhile, in Berlin, Tanz auf dem Vulkan. Das Berlin der Zwanziger Jahre im Spiegel der Künste at the Stadtmuseum Berlin promises to deliver for the first time a “comprehensive overview” of Berlin’s status as the European centre of the avant-garde in Europe during this period. Continue reading