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ÜberLeben: Die Dreigroschenoper und die Kunst ihrer Zeit | Kunsthalle zu Kiel | 21.05-23.10.2022

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The exhibition ÜberLeben presents graphic works from the collection of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel in which artists address themes such as poverty, vulnerability, prostitution and criminality in the Weimar Republic. The starting point is the 10 woodcuts to the songs of the Threepenny Opera by Hella Guth (1908-1992).

Abb. Oben: © Hella Guth Estate / Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Sönke Ehler

The artist admires Bertolt Brecht for his play The Threepenny Opera, first performed in 1928. In his surprise success, Brecht transposes the social and economic ills of the time as biting parody and social criticism. Figures such as those of the criminal Macheath, the beggar king Peachum or the prostituting dive Jenny provide Guth with inspiration for her detailed woodcuts.

The works of Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach, Heinrich Ehmsen and Otto Dix, among others, show how strongly and diversely contemporary artists deal with the difficult living conditions of large sections of the population.

The works by Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach, Heinrich Ehmsen, Otto Dix and others show how strongly and diversely contemporary artists deal with the difficult living conditions of large sections of the population.

WHERE?

Kunsthalle zu Kiel der christian-albrechts-universität, Düsternbrooker Weg 1, 24105 Kiel

WHEN?

Saturday 21. May until Sunday 23. October 2022

COST?

€ 15,-/reduced € 12,-

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