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The 1930s at The MBAC : The Making of
The 1930s at The MBAC
The Making of
Josée-Britanie Mallet, March 24, 2008
Salvador Dalí_Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War), 1936_Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / SODRAC (2008)
Salvador Dalí_Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War), 1936_Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / SODRAC (2008)
 
While the 1930s are known above all for the political upheavals that led to World War II, this decade merits being examined from another viewpoint. A North American exclusive, the exhibition The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man” brings together over 200 extraordinary works that explore the seminal link between art and biology. One cannot remain indifferent to the paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs created at a time in which biology became a guiding, and often destructive force. The 1930s saw the dissemination of the contrasting concepts of the “degenerate” artist and those of “superman” or “The New Man”, which were spreading through Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union as well as overseas. The exhibition affords a unique opportunity to see works by eminent European artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Max Ernst and August Sander, and North American artists like Grant Wood, Jackson Pollock, Walker Evans and Alex Colville. In addition to examining the relationship between art and life science and the emergence of “The New Man”, the nine key thematic groups of the exhibition also reveal the wavering course of a troubling decade that nurtures and controls, strengthens and exterminates.

Bernard Fleetwood-Walker_Amity, 1933_Walker Art Museum, © Estate of Mrs. Peggy Fleetwood-Walker
Bernard Fleetwood-Walker_Amity, 1933_Walker Art Museum, © Estate of Mrs. Peggy Fleetwood-Walker
 
Max Ernst_The Fireside Angel, 1937_Private Collection, © Estate of Max Ernst / SODRAC (2008)
Max Ernst_The Fireside Angel, 1937_Private Collection, © Estate of Max Ernst / SODRAC (2008)
 
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