More about the exhibition

The title – The mad square – is drawn directly from Felix Nussbaum’s 1931 painting, included in this exhibition, depicting Berlin’s famous Pariser Platz as a crazy and fantastic place. The ‘mad square’ is both a place – the city, represented in so many works in the exhibition – and a state of mind that gives these works their edginess. The ‘square’ can also be seen as a modernist construct that saw artists moving away from figurative representations towards increasingly abstract forms.

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