Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis

The Weimar Republic (1919-33), which emerged from the chaos of Imperial Germany’s defeat in the First World War, may have opened the door to the rise of Nazism. But it also provoked an astonishing explosion of invention and innovation from the outstanding creative talents of the time.

Centred on Berlin, previously the capital of the Kaisers, a generation of composers, writers, dramatists, poets, painters and film-makers emerged whose often collective efforts would influence the whole course of Western culture in the 20th century.

In this series, the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen – who has long been fascinated by the garish and exuberantly original artistic volcano that erupted during the Republic – bring to life the world-famous and familiar, and the strange and peculiar, and trace the connections that link many of these artists so closely and personally to one another.

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