The 20th century has gone down in history as a century of wars and criminal regimes. But an era of laughter? Humour, satire and nonsense have certainly been universally available for more than 100 years. Magazines played a central role in making entertainment affordable for the masses as a "medium of the modern age".
Low-cost publications provided a witty commentary on current developments. In deceptively harmless ways they broached subjects such as class, gender, ethnicity, power, enmity and community. In doing so, they also expressed unpleasant truths, the equivalent of putting "baking powder in the chamber pot", to loosely translate the title of the exhibition.
Harmless humour or sharp satire, ribald frivolity or silly nonsense: humour in all its popular forms can speak volumes. (Image: Alwin Freund-Beliani)
The gallery exhibition has been developed in cooperation with the Institute of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Leipzig, and is on display from 21 May to 30 September 2017.
Free admission. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00–18:00, Thursday 10:00–20:00, public holidays 10:00–18:00.