German Expressionism: Tel Aviv Museum exhibits prints and drawings from its collection


TEL AVIV.- The term “Expressionism” spans diverse expressions of the modernist current in art and literature, which developed in Germany and in the sphere of German culture in the first two decades of the 20th century. Expressionist art spoke in multiple voices of individual artists and short-lived associations which moved in different directions to expose the experience of a society and a culture in crisis. The common feature of this multifaceted, multilingual totality was the belief in the therapeutic power of subjective-emotional expression. The new modern condition—the main element generating the crisis experience in Expressionist work—became the subject of public debate. Scholars, scientists, and other intellectuals identified the characteristics of modernity—technology, democracy, rationalism, materialism, positivism, demys-