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Images in Fashion–Clothing in Art

Photography, Fine Arts, and Fashion since 1900

Even more clearly than art, fashion is a mirror of social changes and individual needs. In the collection of the Berlinische Galerie, fashion is a surprisingly common theme and is treated in diverse ways.

Herbert Tobias, ...und neues Leben protzt aus den Ruinen...Berlin 1958
Herbert Tobias, ...und neues Leben protzt aus den Ruinen...Berlin 1958
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

In addition to a large number of fashion photographs spanning the twentieth century, just as many paintings and drawings testify to the role of fashion as a mode of expression and status symbol for an era: from dress reform around 1900 by way of the Dada dandies of the 1920s to avant-garde clothing designs in today’s art.

On that broad basis, and with loans of selected items of clothing, the exhibition will shed light on artists’ relationships to fashion. What role has fashion played in the painting, drawing, and photography of the past century? With what rules were clothing and costumes employed in fine art? How did artists dress and present themselves then and now? How is fashion used as a medium in contemporary art?

This exhibition offers a new look at works in the collection of the Berlinische Galerie and presents current positions in contemporary art.

Artists (selected):

Karl Arnold, Martin Assig, Elvira Bach, Sibylle Bergemann, Rolf von Bergmann, BLESS, Tabea Blumenschein, Marc Brandenburg, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Rainer Fetting, Lieselotte Friedländer, Ulrike Grossarth, George Grosz, F.C. Gundlach, Gerd Hartung, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch, Alexandra Hopf, Käthe Kruse, Alyssa De Luccia, Jeanne Mammen, Anna Muthesius, Helmut Newton, Ulrike Ottinger, Lilla von Puttkamer, Rafael Rheinsberg, Frieda Riess, Ursula Sax, Rudolf Schlichter, Wiebke Siem, Franz Skarbina, Claudia Skoda, Eugen Spiro, Herbert Tobias, Yva

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