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The 1920s were a decade of both progression and backlash. A catastrophic World War followed by a pandemic with remarkable parallels to the current coronavirus crisis awakened people’s thirst for life. At no time in the 20th century was the desire for change more intense. Cities grew at breakneck speed and new visions were created. Conventional role models in society and the family were questioned and upended; disadvantaged social groups made their voices heard in culture and politics. Improved conditions for workers went hand in hand with a growing leisure industry. The spirit of innovation fed through directly into art, with experimentation in all disciplines. Remarkably, the products of this era have lost almost none of their relevance today.

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NEWS FLASH! THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

This online educational space designed for the exhibition The Roaring Twenties reflects the importance of the performing arts. It has been transformed into the Café Reinhardt
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TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES

Technological developments astonished the masses that applauded the US engineer, Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to land on Europe after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from west to east on his own in an airplane in 1927.
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SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES

n the early 20th century, research on the human brain was making great strides. In Germany, the practice led by neurologist Korbinian Brodmann (b. 1868; d. 1918) identified up to 52 functional areas in the cerebral cortex.
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WOMENS'S SUFRAGE AND SOCIETY

Cities developed unevenly in the early 20th century, and the gap between the social classes became more pronounced. Many people lived in slums in minimal sanitary conditions,
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POLITICS AND THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT

In 1912, an event brought the unbridled euphoria of the period to a standstill: the “unsinkable” transatlantic ocean liner RMS Titanic, a symbol of progress and technological development, sank during its inaugural journey from Southampton, England, to New York when it hit an iceberg.
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NEW DANCES TO NEW BEATS

After years of war, death, and misery, people in both Europe and the United States wanted to enjoy life and make up for lost time. Their answer was the Roaring Twenties.
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CAFES: MEETING POINTS

All the intellectuals mentioned in these sections frequented the gatherings at mythical cafes like the Universal, the Levante, the Pombo, and the Comercial in Madrid; the Espanol in Barcelona; the Boulevard, La Concordia, and the lruna in Bilbao;
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THE EXPERIMENTAL THEATER OF MAX REINHARDT

Austrian film and theater director Max Reinhardt (b. 1873; d. 1943) revolutionized the foundations of traditional dramaturgy, seeking the audience’s emotional impact by enhancing elements like the set design, music, and expressiveness of the interpretors’ faces.
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Catalogue The Roaring Twenties

The 1920s embodied both the shift in new directions and backsliding like no other decade has. Throughout the 20th century, the yearning for innovation was never as intense as it was back then, and the high degree of transformation during this period was clearly mirrored in the zeal for experimentation in the arts. The profusely illustrated exhibition catalogue surveys images from the “roaring twenties” and addresses different aspects via texts written by Cathérine Hug, Jakob Tanner, Gioia Mori, Alexis Schwarzenbach, and Petra Joos.
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