10 April until 30 September 2018
"Die Dame"
Marlice Hinz und Ernst Dryden illustrate the 1920s

The 1920s are the golden age of illustrations. New printing technologies facilitate illustrations on plain newsprint. A group of excellent draftsmen and -women draws for the Berlin press – with the Ullstein Verlag leading the way with its flagship, the journal called Die Dame (The Lady). Renowned publicists write for it, and it is considered to be progressive and emancipated, elegant and extravagant. The illustrations by Marlice Hinz and Ernst Dryden, two of the leading illustrators of Die Dame, are represented in comprehensive groups of works as part of the Museum für Kunst und Ge-werbe Hamburg’s (MKG) graphic collection. For the first time, the exhibition will show approximately 150 drawings by the two illustrators from 1920 – 1935. „A German journal for spoiled taste“ – this is the subtitle of the Berlin journal Die Dame. It was founded in 1912 by the Ullstein Verlag, becoming one of the leading journals in the 1920s. The weekly publication primarily addresses a female readership. The modern woman in the Weimar Republic is open-minded. When we look at the perception of women at that time it seems to be astonishingly modern and emancipated. A variety of authors such as Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Tucholsky and Arthur Schnitzler publish their texts in Die Dame. The socio-critical painter George Grosz, Berlin collage artist Hannah Höch, or photographer Madame d’Ora send in their works. The cover picture in particular is highly coveted among the artists. Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka originally creates her famous self-portrait in the green Bugatti as a cover picture for Die Dame. Alongside freelance artists, there are also illustrators who regularly create drawings on appointed topics – such as Marlice Hinz and Ernst Dryden.

Ill.: Ernst Dryden, Packaging design (detail), 1928, Gouache on cardboard, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg