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The Golden Twenties

Revolutionary Era of German Art, Culture & Science

In the roaring twenties, Berlin was considered the most wicked European Capital of Culture - a fascination that has remained unbroken to this day. A world city in a frenzy. Between Kudamm and Kaschemmen (low pubs), swing music and customs duty, caraway schnapps and cocaine, and even then a vibrant city and the vibrant metropolis that breathes pure zest for life.

In addition to economic relief, Gustav Stresemann's foreign policy enabled Germany to be somewhat integrated into the European community again. Society increasingly tried to free itself from conservative thought patterns of the empire. Women were more confident in public and wore the so-called bob (short hairstyle).

Pure zest for Life

The art and the world of the artists were incredible and glamorous, but also critical and politically involved. The imperial capital enjoyed itself magnificently in pompous variety shows and wicked dance halls. Even today, nightlife and some places from the 1920s such as the Volksbühne or Clärchens Ballhaus are part of the cultural DNA of the big city.

The New Objectivity spread in art. The film industry gained great popularity in the 1920s and developed into a mass medium. The period between 1924 and 1929 was marked by a departure from the imperial tradition. The focus was now on a liberal lifestyle inspired by the American culture.

German art reinvented itself. The focus was on unobstructed and objective presentation. Literature often revolved around the modern city and industry. But also about the everyday life of ordinary people. In the visual arts, Dadaism combines objectivity and abstractness, and thereby also does justice to the New Objectivity.

The New Woman

Ever since the women in the war saw how important they are for the survival and reconstruction of their homeland, they have gained a new, more emancipated self-confidence. They are admitted to study medicine in Germany for the first time. They work and earn their own living. Women also take their places as artists.

The new woman cut her previously long, braided hair into a short bob and placed it in gentle water waves. She used red lipstick to make up small, doll-like lips and emphasized her eyes smoky dark. Her role models, the actresses of the silent films, experienced a newfound respect.

The old silhouettes were discarded and the restricting corsets disappeared into the depths of the closet. Comfortable bodices were worn instead. For the first time in the history of fashion, the legs were allowed to look out from under the skirts and the clothes were just falling off the shoulders, with the narrowest part on the hip. The woman of the 20s can move freely in her clothes.

Marlene Dietrich. Berlin artist and world star. From the 20s she was considered the sex symbol par excellence for the male world and at the same time, it had a role model for the women of that time.

The role of variety singer Lola-Lola in the Ufa film "The Blue Angel" brought her breakthrough in 1929 for her world career in Hollywood.

Josephine Baker became the first black superstar overnight. A sex symbol that embodied like no other the symbol of the pleasure-loving wild twenties. And hit the nerve of time in Berlin.

 

In no other city did she receive as many love letters, flowers and gifts as in Berlin. Wherever she appeared, people cheered her.

The twenties' nightlife can be described as obscene, revealing and musical. Dance halls, bars and discotheques attracted large crowds night after night. The capital has become a popular place for night owls from all over Europe.  Alcohol and cigarettes in addition to blackjack and roulette ensured a relaxed atmosphere and short-term forgetting of everyday life. They danced to Charleston, Shimmy or Foxtrott. Music and dance style matched the revealing fashion of young women.

The Golden Twenties ended in 1929 with the great global economic crisis. But despite all of this, it was an exciting time and it is no wonder that there are so many parties, trends and fashion in the style of the 1920s today.

We thank all participants, partners and members of the network for their cooperation, contribution and effort. The images provided in this story are featured and copyright protected by multiple notable members of the community: Visit Berlin, Berliner Zeitung, Bundesarchiv, Deutsches Technikmuseum, TASCHEN, BMWi, IAA, BMW, Opel, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Nürburgring, akg images, audible, CMG Worldwide, shutterstock and Diplomats Society.

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Golden Twenties

Revolutionary Era of

German Art, Culture & Science

In the roaring twenties, Berlin was considered the most wicked European Capital of Culture - a fascination that has remained unbroken to this day. A world city in a frenzy. Between Kudamm and Kaschemmen (low pubs), swing music and customs duty, caraway schnapps and cocaine, and even then a vibrant city and the vibrant metropolis that breathes pure zest for life.

In addition to economic relief, Gustav Stresemann's foreign policy enabled Germany to be somewhat integrated into the European community again. Society increasingly tried to free itself from conservative thought patterns of the empire. Women were more confident in public and wore the so-called bob (short hairstyle).

Pure zest for Life

The art and the world of the artists were incredible and glamorous, but also critical and politically involved. The imperial capital enjoyed itself magnificently in pompous variety shows and wicked dance halls.

Even today, nightlife and some places from the 1920s such as the Volksbühne or Clärchens Ballhaus are part of the cultural DNA of the big city.

The New Objectivity spread in art. The film industry gained great popularity in the 1920s and developed into a mass medium. The period between 1924 and 1929 was marked by a departure from the imperial tradition. The focus was now on a liberal lifestyle inspired by the American culture.

German art reinvented itself. The focus was on unobstructed and objective presentation. Literature often revolved around the modern city and industry. But also about the everyday life of ordinary people. In the visual arts, Dadaism combines objectivity and abstractness, and thereby also does justice to the New Objectivity.

The New Woman

Ever since the women in the war saw how important they are for the survival and reconstruction of their homeland, they have gained a new, more emancipated self-confidence. They are admitted to study medicine in Germany for the first time. They work and earn their own living. Women also take their places as artists.

The new woman cut her previously long, braided hair into a short bob and placed it in gentle water waves. She used red lipstick to make up small, doll-like lips and emphasized her eyes smoky dark. Her role models, the actresses of the silent films, experienced a newfound respect.

The old silhouettes were discarded and the restricting corsets disappeared into the depths of the closet. Comfortable bodices were worn instead. For the first time in the history of fashion, the legs were allowed to look out from under the skirts and the clothes were just falling off the shoulders, with the narrowest part on the hip. The woman of the 20s can move freely in her clothes.

Marlene Dietrich. Berlin artist and world star. From the 20s she was considered the sex symbol par excellence for the male world and at the same time, it had a role model for the women of that time.

The role of variety singer Lola-Lola in the Ufa film "The Blue Angel" brought her breakthrough in 1929 for her world career in Hollywood.

Josephine Baker became the first black superstar overnight. A sex symbol that embodied like no other the symbol of the pleasure-loving wild twenties. And hit the nerve of time in Berlin.

 

In no other city did she receive as many love letters, flowers and gifts as in Berlin. Wherever she appeared, people cheered her.

The twenties' nightlife can be described as obscene, revealing and musical. Dance halls, bars and discotheques attracted large crowds night after night. The capital has become a popular place for night owls from all over Europe.  Alcohol and cigarettes in addition to blackjack and roulette ensured a relaxed atmosphere and short-term forgetting of everyday life. They danced to Charleston, Shimmy or Foxtrott. Music and dance style matched the revealing fashion of young women.

The Golden Twenties ended in 1929 with the great global economic crisis. But despite all of this, it was an exciting time and it is no wonder that there are so many parties, trends and fashion in the style of the 1920s today.

We thank all participants, partners and members of the network for their cooperation, contribution and effort. The images provided in this story are featured and copyright protected by multiple notable members of the community: Visit Berlin, Berliner Zeitung, Bundesarchiv, Deutsches Technikmuseum, TASCHEN, BMWi, IAA, BMW, Opel, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Nürburgring, akg images, audible, CMG Worldwide, shutterstock and Diplomats Society.

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