Dodo - Leben und Werk


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Dodo - Leben und Werk

Ed. Renate Krümmer, text(s) by Renate Krümmer, Adelheid Rasche, Margitta Giera, Miriam-Esther Owesle, Anja Amsel

German, English

2012. 216 pp., 185 ills.


24.80 x 30.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3274-1

Rediscovered: the work and life of artist Dodo in Berlin of the twenties

This publication is the first to present the work of this unusual artist to a larger audience

After the Weimar Republic came to an end, Berlin artist Dodo (1907–1998) – as Dörte Clara Wolff was known – unjustly faded into obscurity. Having studied at the Reimann School, she initially worked mainly as a fashion illustrator, reaching the peak of her artistic career between 1927 and 1930 with her intensely colourful genre scenes of Berlin’s sophisticated and glamorous high society. Her watercolours, in which she often portrayed the relationship between men and women in both amusing and biting terms, were published in the magazine Ulk where they were placed on a par with the work of Jeanne Mammen, a well-known artist of the time.

In 1933 Dodo followed the psychoanalyst Gerhard Adler to Zurich where she met C. G. Jung. Her works from this phase attest to her intense feelings of guilt ensuing from the ménage-à-trois she was conducting with Adler and her husband Hans Bürgner. Executed in the style of the New Objectivity, they form a dramatic contrast to her earlier pictures. In 1936 Dodo, who was Jewish, had to emigrate to London. In England, however, she was no longer able to achieve the artistic brilliance of her Berlin years.

Exhibition schedule: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, Berlin March 1–May 28, 2012 | Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art, London June 22–September 9, 2012

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