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This is the first time that an exhibition has been dedicated to the early work of George Grosz. And when you get right down to it, the focus is not on George Grosz, but on Georg Ehrenfried Gross - the artist's birth name, which the young artist also liked to put down on paper as "Gross" in his early years.

Das kleine Grosz Museum, Blick in den Hof
Das kleine Grosz Museum, Blick in den Hof © Hannah Seibel


It shows the path of Georg Ehrenfried Gross to George Grosz at the beginning of the 1920s with brilliant, surprisingly mature drawings by the child and teenager.

That the early years are of particular importance is attested to by two writings that took a look back as early as 1929 and 1931, and not by art critics or museum people.

It was the artist himself - just in his mid-thirties - who reviewed his childhood, youth and student days in detail for two magazines as a memoir of his youth. It is clear from the texts that his early works were not documents of a possible prehistory of being an artist, but its actual beginning. They are the first chapter of a great artist's narrative, the best narrator of which was himself - as later in the autobiography Ein kleines Ja und ein großes Nein - dramatisations included.


The exhibition traces the path of the young Gross within ten years, from his first drawing class in Stolp to his studies at the Dresden Academy to his diploma at the Berlin School of Arts and Crafts, and spans the arc to the Kleine Grosz Mappe from 1917. The exhibition shows that the young Grosz virtually ran riot stylistically and in terms of motifs during these years. He begins to reflect the manifold impressions of the big city and has the entire spectrum of society in view. He shows lower and higher social classes, morality and amorality, love and violence. And step by step he begins to question these extremes and to draw cross connections. A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

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