Revolutionaries of the mind

Liberating energies of the new art

“We stand on the fertile soil of the revolution. Our motto is: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!”

Thus begins a manifesto drawn up by the Novembergruppe soon after it was founded in the upheaval of the November Revolution. The association championed those values, once upheld by the French Revolution in 1789, throughout its existence. It was committed to freedom of expression, equality for all art forms and styles, solidarity between members.

Although the Novembergruppe saw itself as a revolutionary organisation, it was never party-political in its activities, focusing instead on the revolution in art. “We regard it as our particular duty to collect all valuable gifts in the artistic field and make them available for the public benefit of all,” declared the manifesto. Its artists believed they could shape a democratic society through the sheer impact of art.

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.


Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts

Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin Germany

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