| Prophets of Catastrophe
1933-1939 | Themes of the Times | Shadows over Europe | Epilogue
In the time between 1900 and the beginning of the Second World War in 1939 art in Germany contained a wealth of pictures of the downfall of the world. Seen from the distance of history, we tend to experience these works as premonitions of a catastrophic time. The exhibition takes up and questions the role of the artist as visionary and admonisher. Its title refers to the mythological seer Cassandra. She foresaw the destruction and downfall of Troy and warned the Trojans in vain.
"You are surprised to find so much premonition of things to come in my work. The artist is simply a seismograph who registers disaster in advance. This phenomenon is found not only in my own work.”
“I noticed that no one paid much attention to my drawings. My warning was a warning cast to the winds, as it were.”