Aug 07, 2008 Joachim Ringelnatz's Birthday
In his final thirteen years Ringelnatz was also a dedicated and prolific visual artist; the bulk of his art seems to have gone missing during World War II, but over 200 paintings and drawings survived. In the 1920s some of his work was exhibited at the Akademie der Künste along with that of his contemporaries Otto Dix and George Grosz. Ringelnatz also illustrated his own novel called "...liner Roma..." (1923), the title of which is a doubly truncated "Berliner Roman" (Berlin novel), for "Berlin novels usually have no decent beginning and no proper ending." ("Berliner Romane haben meist keinen ordentlichen Anfang und kein rechtes Ende.")
In 1933, he was banned by the Nazi government as a "degenerate artist".
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