The Dance on the Volcano


March 19 – May 30, 2021

Spurred by the recent acquisition of Georg Tappert’s Geisha-Revue, The Dance on the Volcano sheds new light on our collection of German Expressionism. The gaudy nightclub scene, painted with garish colors in a cacophonic composition, is exemplary of the vibrant artistic life in Berlin before the outbreak of World War I. Tappert shows several Geisha dancers gathering under a cherry tree. A frequent visitor of Varieté theatres, Tappert repeatedly painted scenes of Berlin nightlife.

Works by Tappert’s friends including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, and Max Pechstein are shown alongside Geisha-Revue. Rarely seen together, these artworks provide a unique opportunity to discover Georg Tappert and to explore our collection of Expressionist paintings, drawings, and prints.

Georg Tappert, Geisha-Revue, 1911/13,

Georg Tappert, Geisha-Revue, 1911/13, Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild- Kunst, Bonn