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  • Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945

    National Gallery of Art
    Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
    June 10 - September 3

    Curated by Matthew S. Witkovsky

    This survey of photographic practice in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and the former Czechoslovakia, bracketed by the two world wars, makes the compelling and provocative cases that modernist photographic innovation and theory were the results of cathartic social disturbances—which affected those institutions charged with teaching, promoting, and disseminating the medium—and that photography dominated the cultural imagination of the time. Photomontage, darkroom experimentation, Surrealism, and Constructivism are all part of the legacy of this period, and this exhibition of 150 works by more than one hundred artists (including Atelier Manassé, John Heartfield, and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz) provokes speculation about the possible cultural effects of trauma in the many areas of conflict today. Travels to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Oct. 5, 2007–Jan 2, 2008; and other venues.