Weimar: Experiment in Democracy
If you like German history and painting please join me at the Art Gallery of NSW at 6:30 on Wednesday 31 August to hear me talk on the Weimar Republic. The lecture is part of a series on Weimar themes to coincide with the exhibition entitled The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910 – 37.
I intend to chart the political principles involved with Germany’s crisis-prone 1920s and even look at lessons for us, yes us, in Australia today. An elected president, for example? Hey, don’t create an Australian Hindenburg! And I’ll treat you to a slide show on the period featuring Chancellor Ebert – a hero of mine for putting down the German Bolsheviks – with his defence minister Gustav Noske, both in their Abbott-like Speedos.