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AMC: Weimar and "Degenerate Art" life drawing session

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Tuesday 9 October 7-9:30PM at Underdog Gallery

Marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War, Art Model Collective pay tribute to the art of Weimar Republic; the cabaret scene of interwar Germany and the artists labelled ‘degenerate’ by Hitler’s regime.

For inspiration we highly recommend the brilliant free Tate Modern show “MAGIC REALISM: ART IN WEIMAR GERMANY" exploring German art from between the wars; as well as "Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One" at Tate Britain.

In the first half of this life drawing session, AMC models will celebrate the decadence of Berlin’s cabaret scene, inspired by paintings by Jeanne Mammen and George Grosz.

The 1920s saw a remarkable cultural renaissance in Germany. Literature, cinema, theatre and musical works entered a phase of great creativity. Innovative street theatre, circus, cabaret and jazz exploded. "Ultramodern" young women wore makeup, short hair, and smoked. "The glitz, glam and dressing up were more than a fun night out. The cabaret scene was a haven for ‘outsiders’, which is exactly why the Nazis hated it so much.”

In the second part of the session, we will attempt to pay tribute to the “distorted and diseased” images depicted by the “degenerate artists.”

A few years after taking power in Germany, Hitler declared modern art “degenerate” and ordered the confiscation of many modern masterworks from German art museums, art dealers and collectors. The condemned artists included Beckmann, Kirchner, Grosz, Barlach, Dix, Kokoschka, Picasso and Van Gogh. Entartete Kunst (degenerate art) exhibition of 1937 was staged by the Nazis to destroy the careers of those artists they considered mentally ill, inappropriate or unpatriotic.

Evocative soundtrack, tables and easels
Free art materials courtesy of GreatArt
Tickets: £15 in advance and £20 cash on the door
All levels welcome

NB: We won't have a bar at this session, so feel free to BYOB! (Swing by the Tesco on Tooley Street on the way to the session)