From left to right: Nathalie Bondil, Director
and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum
of Fine Arts, Anne Grace, Curator of Modern
Art, Renée Price, Director of the Neue Galerie
New York and Olaf Peters, Guest Curator
in front of the Portrait of the Lawyer
Dr. Fritz Glaser. (Photo: LePigeon)


The exhibition ROUGE CABARET: The Terrifying and Beautiful World of Otto Dix's guest curator is Olaf Peters, an Otto Dix specialist and professor of the history of modern art at Martin Luther University in Halle–Wittenberg, Germany.

The Montreal presentation was developed by Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with assistance from Anne Grace, Curator of Modern Art. The exhibition was designed by scenic director Stéphane Roy and designer Bruno Braën.


The exhibition in Montreal features works on loan from major international museums, including the Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium, the Otto Dix Foundation (Vaduz), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMaster University Museum of Art. Works from numerous private collections, including those belonging to Ronald S. Lauder, president and co–founder of the Neue Galerie New York, and the estate of Serge Sabarsky, its co–founder, have also been generously lent for the exhibition.


Film excerpts, press clippings and archival documents plunge visitors into the interwar period. This contextualization of Dix's work is designed to help visitors grasp exactly what it was that Dix, who was haunted by the War and its repercussions, wanted to denounce. The exhibition design was created by Montreal–based scenic designer Stéphane Roy and interior designer Bruno Braën. Roy has created many decors and sets for performing companies, including Espace Go, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, La La La Human Steps and Cirque du Soleil, that have earned him several awards. And Braën has won many prizes for his designs, including those in Montreal restaurants like Le Club Chasse et Pêche, DNA and Pullman, among others.

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Otto Dix (1891-1969), Reclining Woman on Leopard (Portrait of Vera Simailowa) (detail), 1927, Oil on wood, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,
Cornell University, Gift of Samuel A. Berger, © Estate of Otto Dix / SODRAC (2010)