Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Brisbane Art: Otto Dix' "War" at Queensland Art Gallery until February 1 2009

"War: The Prints of Otto Dix" is on at the Queensland Art Gallery at Southbank until February 1 2009. The print above, "Lens wird mit Bomben belget (Lens being bombed)" shows the sort of thing that's in the show.

According to the exhibition's website,

Dix (1891–1969) fought in World War One as a volunteer, serving as a
machine gunner for the German army on the Western Front in 1915. He was
at the Somme during the major allied offensive of 1916, and was wounded
several times, once almost fatally. Many of the images in Der Krieg are based on Dix’s diary sketches from this time.

Depicting scenes of the utmost savagery and devastation, Der Krieg
is a timeless reminder of the misery and suffering caused by war. It
reflects Dix’s fascination with the potential extremities of human
behaviour that war can induce, and his own horror at the ‘ghastly,
bottomless depths of life’ that were revealed to him while he was a

The Otto Dix exhibition is on tour from the National Gallery of Australia. For more information about the show, click here.

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