The Novembergruppe

Agent of the avant-garde

Between 1919 and 1932 the Novembergruppe mounted almost 40 exhibitions, published books and organised concerts, readings, parties and fancy-dress balls. In this way the association publicised modernist art on many different levels, providing plenty for people to talk and argue about.

Here we unveil the extraordinary story of the best-known of all little-known creative communities and its dramatic origins.

 

 


Prologue

Germany, autumn 1918. Workers and soldiers marched in protest through the streets demanding an end to the First World War and the abdication of the Kaiser – and their calls were heeded: a republic was proclaimed on 9 November...

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Agent of the avant-garde

In the 1920s Berlin was more vibrant than ever. Freed from the horror and anxiety of the war years, people flocked to bars and cabarets, cafés and dance halls – Berlin was now a symbol of fun and creativity.

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Revolutionaries of the mind

“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.

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Women in the Novembergruppe

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.

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New buildings

Neues Bauen was a movement to promote modern architecture that was functional, sober and clear. The Novembergruppe played an important role in its birth.

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Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts

Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin Germany

bg@berlinischegalerie.de

Tel +49 (0)30-789 02-600
Fax +49 (0)30-789 02-700

Opening hours

Wednesday–Monday 10 am–6 pm

Closed on Tuesdays
Closed on 24. and 31.12.

Our museum is open on the following Tuesdays:
25.12.2018 and 01.01.2019

Floor plan

PDF Floor Plan