Tomi Ungerer. Social and Political Criticism of the USA 1957-1971
Tomi Ungerer lived in New York from 1957 to 1971, a period that is regarded as one of his creative heydays and which is reflected in two important books, "The Party" and "America". With exhibits from its own collections, the museum invites visitors to discover 120 published and unpublished original drawings from that time. In these works the artist expresses sharp criticism of the country's society and politics. He covers a number of topics: the American middle class, New York's high society, racial segregation, the Vietnam War, caricatures of the Presidents, sports reports. The influence of Saul Steinberg and the New Yorker satirical caricaturists is discernable in these drawings as is the graphic proximity to the works of Georges Grosz and Otto Dix during the Weimar Republic.