‘They really believed in the power of art’: Curator Ralf Burmeister on Berlinische Galerie’s retrospective of the Novembergruppe

Hannah Höch, Kubus, 1926, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Repro: Kai-Annett Becker



Ralf Burmeister and Janina Nentwig are the curators of “Freedom: The Art of the Novembergruppe 1918-1935,” on display at the Berlinische Galerie. It’s the first comprehensive retrospective on the Novembergruppe and features 119 works by visual artists, architects, composers, and filmmakers.

The Novembergruppe, which formed in 1918, named themselves after the November Revolution which saw Germany’s radical shift to a democratic republic. The group numbered 480 people, including well-known artists such as Piet Mondrian, Max Ernst, and Mies van der Rohe. But the curators of this year’s exhibition also wanted to create room to rediscover other artists like Moriz Melzer, or Otto Freundlich, who is known for the term “cosmic communism.”

“Freedom: The Art of the Novembergruppe 1918-1935” runs until March 11 at the Berlinische Galerie. It’s part of the winter festival, “100 years of Revolution – Berlin 1918/19”


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