Berlin is one of the most interesting cities worldwide for contemporary art and new trends. Within the last years, Berlin has become one of the most important cultural metropolises.
For the first time the influences of Cubism on modern sculpture in Germany are shown in a comprehensive exhibition : William Wauer and Berlin Cubism - Sculpture around 1920 . Opening will be on Sunday, 10 April 2011 at 11.30 am in Georg-Kolbe-Museum.
The Berlin sculptor William Wauer was the first in Europe to create the pure cubist sculpture.The sculptural work of Berlin artist William Wauer lies at the heart of the exhibition. In 1918 he first contributed some of his own sculptures to the 61st exhibition of the gallery "Der Sturm". William Wauer's most famous works are his portraits - H. Walden's bust is an incunable of Expressionist statuary. William Wauer's sculptures are marked by a dramatic rhythm of movement and an expressively moved, ornamental surface design. Until the gradual dissolution of the "Sturm" circle in 1924, Wauer also contributed to the "Sturm" journals, wrote books and worked at the "Sturm" art school.
In 1924 Wauer founded the "Internationale Vereinigung der Expressionisten, Kubisten, Futuristen und Konstruktivisten", which he was head of until its ban in 1933. In 1941 the Nazis classified William Wauer's art as "degenerate" and he was banned from working. After the war William Wauer's sculptures, paintings and prints were regularly shown at exhibitions. He worked as a lecturer at the West-Berlin adult education center and was member of the board of the "Verband der Berliner Bildenden Künstler".His sculptures are characterized by an angular-geometricized abstraction, leading to a whole new form of expression, particularly in the field of portrait sculpture.
The exhibition William Wauer and Berlin Cubism explores the hitherto neglected influences of Cubism on sculpture during the late Imperial era and the Weimar Republic. Berlin Cubism as a deliberately dramatic neologistical term aims to detect and visualize trends that, in Germany, were almost completely hidden or commandeered by Expressionism before.