The Novembergruppe

Female artists

The Revolution of 1918/19 was a watershed for women. They had fought for suffrage and some were now elected as politicians to the National Assembly in Weimar. They demanded their place in the arts too, and at last they were permitted to study at the academies. But men still held sway in the world of art, so pursuing a professional career was tough for a woman – a situation that has hardly changed for many women artists today.

Hannah Höch was one of the few women to join the Novembergruppe. The Dadaist is best known for her collages, but she also painted abstract watercolours and in her oil paintings we find both New Objectivity and Surrealism. The Novembergruppe was open to any kind of modernist art, and that suited her. Among the other women were sculptor Emy Roeder and visual artist Ines Wetzel. Surviving membership lists never feature more than five women. However, of the 480 or more people who exhibited with the Novembergruppe over the years, nearly 70 were women. Most of them are completely unknown today.

With 119 works by 69 artists, including 48 paintings, 14 sculptures and 12 models and drawings by architects, this first-ever all-round retrospective at the Berlinische Galerie marks the centenary of the best-known of all little-known creative communities and its dramatic origins.

Read more stories about the Novembergruppe here.

 

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