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The 1930s at The MBAC
The Making of
Josée-Britanie Mallet, March 24, 2008
August Sander_Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne, 1931_Succession August Sander / SODRAC (2008)
August Sander_Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne, 1931_Succession August Sander / SODRAC (2008)
 
This exhibition explores the link between art and biology at a time when it was becoming a guiding force and an often destructive one. During the 1930’s, contrasting concepts were disseminated - of “degenerate artists and those of “superman” or “The New Man.” These ideologies, inspired by the totalitarian regimes of Germany, Italy and Russia and which were unified by the biological ideal of the “New Man” (or the construction of a “Master Race),” would have a profound effect on art and representations, the core of which was the human body. Artists caught in the conflict, were coerced into creating propaganda for their respective governments. Images selected for this exhibition delve directly into the most disturbing tensions shown in art of that period. The exhibition themes are portrayed through a combination of reality and satire.

Alexander Rodchenko_Dynamo Soccer Club, Red Square, 1935_National Gallery of Canada © Estate of Aleksandr Rodtchenko / SODRAC (2008)
Alexander Rodchenko_Dynamo Soccer Club, Red Square, 1935_National Gallery of Canada © Estate of Aleksandr Rodtchenko / SODRAC (2008)
 
Julio Gonzalez_Bust of woman_Institution, Washington (D.C.), don de Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Julio Gonzalez_Bust of woman_Institution, Washington (D.C.), don de Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
 
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