Otto Dix

23.07.2011 – 23.10.2011

With over 450 works by Otto Dix, most of them on paper, the Friedrichshafen collection is one of the largest in the world. In particular, prints from all his creative periods give an overview of the works of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Dix himself placed much importance on portraits. At the same time, the basis of his work was not ugliness or stunning beauty, but solely the reality. Sometimes with a lot of humour, Dix exaggerated the features of every model. Critical and without gloss – just as he saw them – in this way, Dix created countless portraits of the most diverse characters.

Out of preference for the direct, Dix often spoke of "females" instead of women and girls. In his life, and so also in his work, they always played a special role. For him they embodied passion and temptation, fertility and motherhood; they were an epitome for beauty and the transience of life.

On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of his birth, the Zeppelin Museum is therefore showing a selection of portraits of women from its own inventory. Grouped into four areas, the exhibition shows portraits of the Dix family, portraits of illustrious society ladies, of girls of the red-light milieu and other figures of the night.

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