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Title: Culture in Weimar Germany


1
Culture in Weimar Germany
  • 1924-1929

2
Connector
  • What does this suggest about Weimar Culture?

3
Overview
The Golden age of the Weimar Republic (1924-1929)
saw many changes to the cultural life in Germany.
There was a resurgence of creative flair that
made Berlin the centre of art and culture of the
world. Many new movements such as expressionism
and modernism shaped the culture of the time and
this is represented in, among other things, the
architecture of the time.
4
Art
  • Significant changes in the world of art.
  • Expressionists artwork, where the world and
    reality were interpreted by the artists.
  • The use of new techniques to express feelings and
    emotions
  • Otto Dix, famous modernists portraits, he sought
    to capture feeling by depicting his subjects with
    brutal honesty.
  • Famous artists of the time Paul Klee, Max
    Beckmann, Heinrich Zille and Geaorge Grosz who
    critisesed middle class conservatives.
  • 1920s Berlin replaced Paris as the world centre
    of modern art.

5
Literature
  • Flowering of brilliant literature, Thomas Mann
    won the The Nobel Prize for Literature in in
    1929.
  • Much of the literature was effected by the 1st
    world war, such as the famous Novel by Erich
    Maria Remarque, All Quite on the Western Front.

6
Architecture
  • New architectural designs brought on by the
    cultural and societal ideas especially modernism
  • These new designs challenged the traditions of
    architecture
  • In 1919 Walter Gropius founded the famous Bauhaus
    School for architecture.
  • At this new school Gropius taught that art should
    work with the new technology and that there
    should be an emphasis on functional design in
    buildings.

7
Theatre
  • Provocative theatre and Cabaret flourished
  • Many works had a satirical edge
  • The playwright Erwin Piscator developed the
    Proletarian Theatre, which produced plays that
    challenged the values of the traditional middle
    class.
  • Another famous playwright of the time was a
    Marxist called Bertolt Brecht who voiced his
    communist opinions in his works

8
Cinema
  • Like in art Berlin became the world leader of
    Cinema. In fact Germany in the 1920s produced
    more films than the rest of Europe put together.
  • This period was the home to many brilliant
    directors, such as Fritz Lang, Joseph von
    Sternberg and Ernst Lubitsch.
  • It produced cinematic masterpieces such as
    Metropolis, The Cabinet of DR Caligari, Nosferatu
    and The Blue Angel.

9
  • Overview of Weimar
  • -Economic Stability 1920- p102
  • -Social Change- p103-105
  • -Culture p105-108
  • -Foreign Policy p108
  • Begin to plan for the essay
  • Germany experienced a period of political calm,
    economic development and social progress in the
    mid 1920s
  • How far do you agree with this statement?
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