previews

Otto Dix, Group Portrait, Guenther Franke, Paul Ferdinand Schmidt, and Karl Nierendorf, 1923, oil on canvas mounted on wood, 15 3/4 x 29 1/8".

Montréal

Otto Dix

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
September 20 - January 2

Neue Galerie New York
1048 Fifth Avenue
March 11 - August 30

Curated by Olaf Peters

The Neue Galerie adds to its roster of distinguished exhibitions with the first American solo museum show of Otto Dix (1891–1969). The German artist’s paintings and works on paper, which traverse Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit, and Berlin Dada, give a vivid and terrifying image of trench warfare (which the artist had experienced firsthand, having enlisted at the outbreak of World War I) and illuminate the queasy yet fascinating milieu of the Weimar Republic. (Paintings like The Dancer Anita Berber, 1925, contribute mightily to the come-to-the-cabaret image-repertoire of Weimar “decadence.”) The exhibition includes more than 150 works and is accompanied by lectures, as well as a film series.