Jeanne Mammen

Glamour and Objectivity

In the late 1920s, Jeanne Mammen turned her attention to women in the urban entertainment business. The emphasis in Show Girls is not on the flirtatious frivolity of night-club dancing, but on the darker aspects of the job: alienation and tough graft. In this depiction, the sober perspective and the New Objectivity style strip away the glamour of the ‘Golden Twenties’.

There were also times, however, when Mammen was enchanted by the sparkle of the city: Café Terrace in KaDeWe, which dates from the 1930s, is an example. This is a specimen of the old Berlin: the restaurant also known as the “Silver Terraces”, on the fifth floor of the time-honoured department store on Wittenbergplatz, lived to the ripe old age of 103. With formal reductionism in the Cubist vein and pastose brushwork, the artist offers a view of Tauentzienstrasse below lit by the headlamps of passing cars.

Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) is one of the most complex and colourful figures in recent art history, a sharp observer who portrayed glamorous contemporaries, giddy night life and figures on the margins of society: distinctive icons of the “Golden Twenties”. After 1945 her work became abstract. The retrospective shows 170 works from a career lasting over 60 years.

We are please to invite you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition on October 5 at 7 pm.

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Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts

Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin Germany

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