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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Comic Grotesque: Wit And Mockery In German Art, 1870-1940 (2004) is a book edited by Pamela Kort on German grotesque art of the fin de siècle period.

The grotesque is defined, according to this book, as irreverent wit, comical elements and absurdist humor, fascinating artists since ancient times, but achieving importance as a novel aesthetic approach in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Starting with Arnold Böcklin’s grotesque pictorial compositions, this volume, accompanying an exhibition at Neue Galerie New York, brings together an array of artists who drew inspiration from grotesque ideas about disorder, distortion, and inanity, including Lovis Corinth, Paul Klee, Max Klinger, Otto Dix, Alfred Kubin, Kurt Schwitters, and Emil Nolde. Essays consider the frequently overlooked connection between the visual arts and other media, specifically the rise of cabaret culture and humor magazines. In addition, the authors examine the legacy of the grotesque movement as seen in modern drama, art, and performance. The book features nearly two hundred color and black-and-white illustrations.



Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit [Grotesque! 130 Years of Impertinent Art] was the original title of this exhibition. It traveled from Munich to Berlin London and finally New York. The book has a foreword by Max Hollein and Chris Dercon; Essays by Hanne Bergius, Ralf Burmeister, Frances Connelly, Lisbeth Exner, Harald Falckenberg, Michael Farin, Peter Jelavich, Pamela Kort And Gregor Wedekind.

Table of contents

The grotesque : Modernism's other / Pamela Kort

The reality of the grotesque : Paul Klee, Hugo Ball, and Carl Einstein / Gregor Wedekind

Paul Scheerbart : the cosmocomic / Lisbeth Exner

Grotesque and carnivalesque : negation and renewal around 1900 / Peter Jelavich

Karl Valentin : media craftsman of the grotesque / Klaus Gronenborn

Mynona : a grotesque humorist / Lisbeth Exner

Dada grotesque / Hanne Bergius

From heav'n on high : the Prussian archangel / Ralf Burmeister

Profound play : the image tradition of comic grotesque / Frances S. Connelly

Frances S. Connelly

Reason's dream, reason's nightmare / Robert Storr

Robert Storr


Hugo Ball, Carl Einstein, Karl Valentin, Mynona, Paul Klee, Paul Scheerbart, Arnold Böcklin, Emil Nolde, Thomas Theodor Heine, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Max Ernst, Hannah Höch

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