The Human Beast

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Lion Cannoneer, 1914 Oil On Paper © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Summer's Day © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pechstein Hamburg / Toekendorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
The Human Beast

1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
July 21st, 2012 - November 11th, 2012
Opening: July 21st, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Sun 12-5; Mon-Tue,Thu-Sat 10-5 / Summer Hours June 1 through Labor Day Sun 12-5; Mon-Tue,Fri-Sat 10-5; Thu 10-9


Highlighting the recent bequest of 48 German Expressionist paintings, drawings, and prints from the estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger, the Museum presents this exhibition dedicated to the modernist movement that developed in Germany and Austria in the first decades of the 20th century. German Expressionism was not the work of a single group of artists, but painters, sculptors, and printmakers in Berlin, Dresden, Munich, and Vienna were united in their exploration of common themes: primitivism, raw emotion, the solace of nature, the terror of the First World War and the subsequent social chaos of Weimar Germany.

The Human Beast will explore the many faces of Expressionism, focusing particularly on the artists’ attempt to evoke primal emotion in their depictions of unidealized nudes, the horror of war, or the overstimulation of modern life. Major new acquisitions from the Kondon-Giesberger bequest include works by Otto Dix, Egon Schiele, and Max Pechstein, and these join a strong group of Expressionist paintings and drawings that have long been at the Museum of Art, among which works by Alexej von Jawlensky, Gabriele Münter, Beckmann, and George Grosz are particularly notable. A small group of loans will round out the selection.

All images From the estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger.