Jeanne Mammen: The Observer Retrospective (1910–1975)

Jeanne Mammen (1890–1976) gained a reputation beyond Berlin as a chronicler of life in the city during the 1920s. Her watercolours and drawings made a distinctive contribution to urban art in that glittering decade with its forceful social contrasts. But Jeanne Mammen left far more to posterity than this, namely her œuvre of seventy years, including paintings and drawings with discontinuities that graphically express the political and artistic upheavals of the 20th century.

The current retrospective (approx. 120 works) highlights the painter Jeanne Mammen and revisits her overall output. It presents oils and watercolours from the late 1920s, major works of Cubo‑Futurism painted during the Nazi years, and notably the years after 1960. This is the first exhibition to demonstrate how her early exposure to 19th‑century French art and literature remained an influence in Mammen’s work until the end. 

Berlinische Galerie

Until 15 January 2018