Life as Circus: Max Beckmann's The Fair

Wednesday January 26, 2000 - Friday March 10, 2000

Max Beckmann's highly expressive drawings and prints frequently reveal his pessimistic view about the nature of society in post-war Germany. This exhibition focused on Beckmann's compelling series of ten drypoints from the portfolio Der Jahrmarkt--translated as The Fair or The Carnival--which he made in 1921. In this fascinating cycle of prints, Beckmann conceives of life as a circus and portrays himself as manager of an ungainly kaleidoscope of sideshow characters.