Behind the Mask
Artists in the GDRSun Oct 29th 2017 to Sun Feb 4th 2018
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Artists in the GDR were caught between providing a role model and retreating into seclusion, between operating within a prescribed collective and pursuing creative individuality. How did they reflect the way they saw their profession and their own take on the official mission to educate the public? This exhibition brings together self- and group portraits, role projections, and studio scenes to illustrate the critical gaze they turned upon themselves.
Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR is about the self-styling of artists as individuals from 1945 to 1989, presented through four generations in paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, collages, sculptures, and performances.
It shows that art cannot be reduced to ideological ascriptions. With this exhibition, the Museum Barberini has begun to investigate its collection of GDR art, which still plays a marginal role in German art history. Building on in-house holdings, the show brings together more than one hundred works by eighty artists.
Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam
Tickets €14, reduced rate €10
Open 10am - 7pm