Filth and trash
Exhibition on penny dreadfuls and the social images they conveyed from the time of Oskar Kokoschka and Käthe Kollwitz.
Major changes marked the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries: the emergence of mass culture, the emancipation efforts of women, the discovery of youth as a socially relevant group and, as a consequence, the fight against “filth and trash” in the popular media. The so-called penny dreadfuls, which were only allowed to be sold under the counter in shops, were described as “trash”, and (supposedly) pornography as “filth”. The contents of these cheap booklets revolve around crime and vice, horror figures, monsters and demons – motifs that can also be found in the visual arts. In 1913, Oskar Kokoschka illustrated “The Chinese Wall”, a story by Karl Kraus based on a true crime, and Käthe Kollwitz directed her gaze to female victims. In addition to well-known names, the collection exhibition at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg offers the opportunity for new discoveries or rediscoveries, for example by Walter Navratil, who dedicated a painting cycle of the same name to the notorious gangster boss Al Capone.
11.06.2022 - 04.09.2022
Museum der Moderne Salzburg