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The story of photography's phenomenal success in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria during a time of tremendous social and political upheaval is presented in the first survey ever done on this subject. Drawn from several dozen American and international collections, this exhibition is unprecedented in its scope with approximately 150 photographs, books, and illustrated magazines that explore such topics as photomontage and war, gender identity, life and leisure in the modern metropolis, and the spread of surrealism. Recognized masters such as László Moholy-Nagy and Hannah Höch are included with about 100 lesser-known but historically important contemporaries, such as Karel Teige, Kazimierz Podsadecki, Károly Escher, and Trude Fleischmann.

Following the New York presentation, which is curated by Matthew Witkovsky, Associate Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition goes to the following locations: October 12, 2007–January 13, 2008; The Milwaukee Art Museum, February 9–May 4, 2008; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, June 7– August 31, 2008.

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Support provided in part by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and Czech Center New York.

The exhibition catalogue is published by the National Gallery of Art with the assistance of The Getty Foundation.

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foto: Modernity in Central Europe 1918-1945

mit László Moholy-Nagy, Hannah Höch, Karel Teige, Kazimierz Podsadecki, Karoly Escher, Trude Fleischmann ...