For almost a month a leading exhibition celebrating the work of satirical artist George Grosz will be coming to the Calder Valley.
From July 17 to August 11, The Big No features prints by George Grosz, deemed one of the greatest satirical artists of the 20th century, who died in 1959, and entry to it at Artsmill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, is free.
Grosz’s work, including the controversial Ecce Homo collection, earned him the enmity of the Nazi Party in the 1920s and 1930s and he fled Germany days before Hitler came to power, living there from 1933 to 1959, when he returned to Berlin, passing away just a few months later.
A co-founder of the Berlin Dada group, and a revolutionary in the 1920s, he made hundreds of drawings depicting the vices and injustices of a society then on the brink of economic and moral collapse.
The Hayward Touring exhibition which is coming to Artsmill contains two of his most powerful collections of work, Ecce Homo (Behold The Man, the words spoken by Pontious Pilate when he presented Christ to the people) and Hintergrund (Background). Ecce Homo captured a society living in the shadow of hyper-inflation, divided between fascism and communism, while Hintergrund was anti-militarist. The former led to Grosz and his publisher being prosecuted for obscenity and the latter saw him facing criminal charges for “blasphemy and the defamation of the German military.”
Artsmill opens Wednesdays to Sundays each week, from 11am to 4pm.