"Hoppla, we’re alive!"
During the years of the Weimar Republic, the Munich newspaper cartoonist Karl Arnold (1883-1953) regularly stayed in the German capital in order, as he wrote, “to capture the bizarreness of this crazy city.” He supplied Simplicissimus and the Münchner Illustrierte Presse with cartoon reportages caricaturing cultural and contemporary life throughout Berlin. With his assured drawing skills and the cool gaze of a detached observer, Arnold portrayed his characters and scenes from Berlin life for a wide audience.
The Berlinische Galerie’s graphic art collection includes a large number of drawings from the estate of Karl Arnold, including many Berlin images from the 1920s. They form the heart of the exhibition, with around 130 drawings from the artist.