From Weimar to Nazism: Tracing Berlin’s History Through Its Art

Last month, the Neue Galerie in New York City opened the exhibition Berlin Metropolis: 1918–1933, which featured more than 300 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, architecture, and film. The exhibition, which is still ongoing, aims to “cover the city [of Berlin] from various perspectives in order to demonstrate the dramatic changes that occurred at this time” — primarily the Weimar years. As you can see from the below selection of images, Berlin in that era was a city of intellectual and artistic dynamism; in retrospect, though, we also know that in its later years it was a city on the verge of capitulating to Nazism. The below selection of artworks, drawn from the exhibition’s attendant book, runs chronologically, so that you can trace the development of the city’s art for yourself.