Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts: Bilder und Skulptur 1905–1985

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

This compendium of 20th-century German art, organized by Christos M. Joachimides, Norman Rosenthal, and Wieland Schmied, was originally designed for the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The show had placed its bets on persuading the British public of the accuracy of its arguments with a superb sculpture and painting exhibit. The original assembly of these exhaustively viewed little masterpieces was the only convincing argument against the roaring criticism of the show in Stuttgart, where several pieces on loan had been either exchanged for lesser works or withdrawn. The criticism centered on the show’s linear, exclusionary concept of German Modernism, as conveyed by an exhibition design that grouped works by overt stylistic similarities and by the noninclusion of any works dialectically opposed to German Expressionism, and on the myopic focus on an “expressive vision” as a specifically German

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