The Mad Square
Modernity in German Art 1910–37

Key works

  • Christian Schad 
German 1894-1982
Self-portrait 1927
oil on wood
76.0 x 62.0 cm
Private collection, courtesy Tate London
© Christian Schad Stiftung Aschaffenburg. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    Christian Schad
    German 1894-1982
    Self-portrait 1927
    oil on wood
    76.0 x 62.0 cm
    Private collection, courtesy Tate London
    © Christian Schad Stiftung Aschaffenburg. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • El Lissitzky 
Russian 1890-1941
New man 1923
from the portfolio Victory over the sun 1923
colour lithograph
31.1 x 32.1 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1980
© El Lissitzky/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    El Lissitzky
    Russian 1890-1941
    New man 1923
    from the portfolio Victory over the sun 1923
    colour lithograph
    31.1 x 32.1 cm
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Purchased 1980
    © El Lissitzky/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • August Sander 
German 1876-1964
Secretary at West German radio in Cologne 1931, printed by August Sander in the 1950s
from the portfolio People of the 20th century, III The woman, 17 The woman in intellectual and practical occupation
gelatin silver photograph
29 x 22 cm
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, August Sander Archiv, Cologne
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Cologne.  Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    August Sander
    German 1876-1964
    Secretary at West German radio in Cologne 1931, printed by August Sander in the 1950s
    from the portfolio People of the 20th century, III The woman, 17 The woman in intellectual and practical occupation
    gelatin silver photograph
    29 x 22 cm
    Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, August Sander Archiv, Cologne
    © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Cologne. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • Karl Grill 
active at the Bauhaus 1920-29
[Spiral costume, from the ‘Triadic ballet’] c.1926-27
gelatin silver photograph
22.5 x 16.2 cm
J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Photo The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

    Karl Grill
    active at the Bauhaus 1920-29
    [Spiral costume, from the ‘Triadic ballet’] c.1926-27
    gelatin silver photograph
    22.5 x 16.2 cm
    J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    Photo The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

  • Otto Dix 
German 1891-1969
Dr Paul Ferdinand Schmidt 1921
oil on canvas
83.0 x 63.0 cm
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Photo: © Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
© Otto Dix/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    Otto Dix
    German 1891-1969
    Dr Paul Ferdinand Schmidt 1921
    oil on canvas
    83.0 x 63.0 cm
    Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
    Photo: © Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
    © Otto Dix/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • George Grosz
German 1893-1959
Tatlinesque diagram 1920
watercolour, pencil and ink with photomontage and collage
41 x 29.2 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
© George Grosz/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    George Grosz
    German 1893-1959
    Tatlinesque diagram 1920
    watercolour, pencil and ink with photomontage and collage
    41 x 29.2 cm
    Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
    © George Grosz/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
The trapeze 1923
oil on canvas
196.5 x 84 cm
Lent by the Toledo Museum of Art
Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey
Photo: Photography Incorporated, Toledo
© Max Beckmann/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
    The trapeze 1923
    oil on canvas
    196.5 x 84 cm
    Lent by the Toledo Museum of Art
    Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey
    Photo: Photography Incorporated, Toledo
    © Max Beckmann/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 
German 1880-1938
Woman in a hat 1911
oil on canvas
95.0 x 85.0 cm
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Gift of Baron H H Thyssen-Bornemisza 1979
Photo: State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
    German 1880-1938
    Woman in a hat 1911
    oil on canvas
    95.0 x 85.0 cm
    Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    Gift of Baron H H Thyssen-Bornemisza 1979
    Photo: State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

  • László Moholy-Nagy 
Berlin radio tower c.1928
gelatin silver photograph
36 x 25.5 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund 1979

    László Moholy-Nagy
    Berlin radio tower c.1928
    gelatin silver photograph
    36 x 25.5 cm
    Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
    Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund 1979

  • John Heartfield 
German 1891-1968
Adolf, the superman: swallows gold and sprouts rubbish from the Workers Illustrated Paper, vol 11, no 29, 17 July 1932, p 675
photolithograph
38 x 27 cm
John Heartfield Archiv, Akademie der Künste zu Berlin
Photo: Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Kunstsammlung, Heartfield 2261/ Roman März
© The Heartfield Community of Heirs /VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

    John Heartfield
    German 1891-1968
    Adolf, the superman: swallows gold and sprouts rubbish from the Workers Illustrated Paper, vol 11, no 29, 17 July 1932, p 675
    photolithograph
    38 x 27 cm
    John Heartfield Archiv, Akademie der Künste zu Berlin
    Photo: Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Kunstsammlung, Heartfield 2261/ Roman März
    © The Heartfield Community of Heirs /VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney