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The Origin of Angst


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October 19, 2019 - March 01, 2020

Ikonen. Was wir Menschen anbeten

Kunsthalle Bremen
October 25, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Masterpieces from the Collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen: From Delacroix to Beckmann

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
November 13, 2019 - February 16, 2020

„Große Realistik & Große Abstraktion“. Zeichnungen von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richter

Städel Museum, Frankfurt
November 15, 2019 - April 20, 2020

Deutscher Expressionismus

Leopold Museum, Wien
February 21 - August 31, 2020

Hundertwasser - Schiele: Imagine Tomorrow

Leopold Museum, Vienna
February 22 - May 24, 2020

Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Hodler. Die Sammlung Hahnloser

Albertina, Vienna
February 28 - December 31, 2020

Voyages en Méditerranée

Atelier des Lumières, Paris
March 21 - September 21, 2020


Centre Pompidou Metz
April 03 - August 02, 2020

Max Beckmann. Weiblich-männlich

Kunsthalle Hamburg
April 04 - September 20, 2020

Nuits électriques

Musée d'art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre
April 04 - September 20, 2020

Les villes ardentes. Art, travail, révolte (1870-1914)

Musée des beaux-arts de Caen
April 05, 2020

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



Expressionism was a modernist art movement that sought to depict emotional states beyond visible reality, immersing the self completely within the painting process. These artists distanced themselves from painting the natural world in flux, like the work of the Impressionists, which they perceived as pretty, innocuous decoration for the home and fireside. Instead, Expressionists privileged the internal emotional landscape of the individual, using vivid color, brutally reduced forms, and strange angles to created a distorted, exaggerated material world representative of our psyche. Drawing inspiration from work as early as that of El Greco, Expressionism developed from the early 1900s to 1930s, its brash and “ugly” aesthetic permeating the work of German groups Die Brücke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Bringing crude forms and clashing colors to the Weimar Republic, this firmly grounded the expressionist movement into the early 20th century.

Screaming, writhing, and warping, many key Expressionist works detail states of extreme emotion at the expense of “objective” reality. These images had a fraught relationship with dominant conventions of artistic representation, including Realism and Naturalism. Alongside other movements like Cubism, Surrealism, and Dadaism, Expressionists conjured up images of the collective anxiety felt by those alienated by city life, giving a face to the dehumanizing effects of industrialization and absence of authenticity and spirituality.

TASCHEN’s books on Expressionism include a wide range of Basic Art Series titles detailing the careers of precursors and most prominent practitioners, as well as later artists directly drawing upon the Expressionist aesthetic. From painting to film, theater to literature, and architecture to dance, these artists left no discipline untouched in their quest to depict the emotional and physical aftermath of war and social upheaval.