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THE WEIGHT OF TIME

Werner Scholz. Human Images 1927–37
11 February – 9 June 2024

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‘Scholz is essential...

because he confronts issues of our time that concern us all, and because he really takes formal risks.’

These qualities, ascribed by a critic to the young Berlin painter Werner Scholz (1898–1982), still apply today. Scholz devoted himself expressively and empathetically to the lives of the petit bourgeoisie or demi-monde and looked at the darker side of the interwar years in Germany. His protagonists are the destitute and grieving, refugees and the ones left behind – dignified figures with insistent presence.

Werner Scholz: Couple, 1931, private collection © Estate of Werner Scholz, Hamburg; photo: private
Werner Scholz: Couple, 1931, private collection © Estate of Werner Scholz, Hamburg; photo: private

Around 1930 Werner Scholz was seen as a promising newcomer thanks to his strikingly stylised compositions; progressive galleries showed his work, and important museums acquired it. Proscribed by the National Socialists as ‘degenerate’ in 1937, Scholz withdrew to the Tirol in 1939. In 1944 a bomb ruined his Berlin studio, and most of the pictures hidden there were destroyed. The exhibition The Weight of Time takes a look at what could be saved and presents it in Hamburg for the first time in decades. For Scholz is essential to our time as well.

 

 

 

DATES OF THE EXHIBITION

March 2024
April 2024
May 2024
June 2024

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