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Storm of Progress: German Art after 1800 from the Saint Louis Art Museum presents the Museum’s world-class collection of German art of the last 200 years. From Romanticism in the 1800s to the eclectic globalism that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, this exhibition highlights how art, politics, and history are inextricably linked.

For centuries, the concept of the storm has provided German artists with a powerful metaphor for forces of nature, destruction, and the hope of rebirth. Since the beginning of the 19th century, Germany’s upheavals found expression in its art as political and cultural conventions underwent radical change, paving the way for both tyrannies and revolutions.

The exhibition brings together 120 works in chronological and thematic sections that explore key ideas and events from German art and history spanning national unification, industrialization, World Wars I and II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War and its aftermath. Art in a wide range of media, from paintings to decorative arts, shows the richness of the Museum’s collection, and many works will be on view for the first time.

Storm of Progress is cocurated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art; Hannah Klemm, associate curator of modern and contemporary art; Melissa Venator, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Modern Art; and Molly Moog, research assistant for modern and contemporary art.


Joseph Beuys, German, 1921–1986; Felt Suit, 1970; felt; 70 1/2 x 24 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Shop Fund 46:1993a-d; © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Hours and Pricing

Exhibition Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Closed Monday
Holiday hours are noted on our calendar
Final admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes.


This unique civic treasure of German art is a testament to the philanthropic support of our patrons. Because of their generosity, we are able to offer this exhibition free of charge during this unprecedented time. Timed tickets are required for entry and subject to availability.

  • Tickets can be reserved in person at one of the Museum Information Centers, by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111, or ordered online at Tickets cannot be obtained by calling the Museum directly. Tickets reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Same day tickets must be reserved at the Museum and are not available through MetroTix. Limited to six tickets per reservation.

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