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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.


Audio Guide

Enjoy the Museum’s new, enhanced virtual audio guide at home or during an in-gallery visit to Storm of Progress; each of the 16 tracks are one to three minutes in length and can be selected randomly.

Hours and Tickets

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. 
*Last ticket times are 4 pm and 8 pm, respectively.


In order to ensure space for safe social distancing, entry to the exhibition is limited to 15 tickets per every 15 minutes. For complete information about the Museum’s new procedures for visitors, click here.

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 to everyone 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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Large Print Labels

Large print labels for Storm of Progress are available online and upon request at the Special Exhibition desk in Taylor Hall.

Audio Guide Transcript

A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition are available online and upon request at the Special Exhibition desk in Taylor Hall.

Visitor Survey

To protect visitors, the in-gallery exhibition survey is unavailable. Share your experience at Storm of Progress from your own device here or connect with us on social media @STLArtMuseum.


Storm of Progress Virtual Programs

Creating a major art exhibition can take years, but when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Museum staff had mere months to produce Storm of Progress curators Simon Kelly and Hannah Klemm speak about the process of exhibition planning, how the pandemic disrupted that plan, and the opportunities that it ultimately presented.

What is German Expressionism? Melissa Venator, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Modern Art, explores its intriguing artists, international roots, and enduring legacy through the lens of paintings currently on view in Storm of Progress and in the permanent collection galleries.

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