The Mad Square
Modernity in German Art 1910–37
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


An Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling exhibition

In an era of chaos came an explosion of creativity – experimental, provocative and utterly compelling.
Germany in the early twentieth century was a country in turmoil. After the First World War, the monarchy was abolished and replaced with the Weimar Republic. This was a period of political unrest, but it was also an era of optimism characterised by industrial development, innovation, and unprecedented freedom of expression. 
In Berlin and cities throughout Germany, avant-garde art movements flourished: Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism, Bauhaus and New Objectivity. Artists shared interest in radical experimentation extended across all art forms, including painting, photography, design, decorative arts, film, theatre and political satire. The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910–37 shows the diversity of the art created in this period.
The exhibition brings together over 200 works exploring the fascinating and complex ways in which artists represented the modern world, including major works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad, Hannah Höch,August Sander, László Moholy-Nagy and El Lissitzky.  Drawn from renowned international and Australian collections, this is the most comprehensive exhibition of German modernism to be seen in Australia. 

25 Nov 201104 Mar 2012 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Temporary Exhibition Space 1, 2 and 3, Level G, NGVI
Temporary Exhibition Space 1, 2 and 3, Level G, NGVI

Buy Tickets FAQs – exhibition tickets

Adult $18
Concession $12
Child (aged 5-15) $9
Family (2 adults & 3 children) $45
NGV Member Adult $9
NGV Member Family $22.50  

Student Offer
$10 student entry every Thursday – only available in person on presentation of a valid fulltime student card

Unlimited Entry
Adult $45
Concession $30
NGV Member $22.50

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

The Mad Square Education Kit

This education kit has been developed by AGNSW to help Year 7–12 students engage with the issues and ideas in the exhibition The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910–37