Turn of an Era – From the Berlin Secession to the November Group

19 November 2015 - 3 April 2016

From impressionism to expressionism, from cubism, futurism to New Objectivity and constructivism: The exhibition Turn of an Era – From the Berlin Secession to the November Group is dedicated to the fast and radical changes in Berlin art between 1898 and 1919.

In 1898, the Berlin Secession was founded in opposition to the established and outdated cultural policy of the German Empire. They represented modern art movements, especially impressionism. But already in 1910, another group of young artists challenged the art of impressionism. The New Secession, a group of expressionists, was founded.

Four years later, differences of opinion within the Berlin Secession clashed again: The Free Secession was established. The disaster of World War I accelerated the development of art even more. In 1918 the November Group was founded and focussed on political aspects of art. In an interval of 20 years the bourgeois world of the German Empire transformed into a turbulent world of change after a World War and a revolution in 1918. The Bröhan-Museum illustrates those changes with about 250 art works, among them many loans from public and private collections as well as paintings from the museum’s own collection.