Dates: October 29, 2017 to February 4, 2018
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 brought 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 was 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 showed that art cannot be reduced to ideological ascriptions. With this exhibition, the Museum Barberini began to investigate its collection of GDR art, which still plays a marginal role in German art history. Building on in-house holdings, the show brought together more than one hundred works by eighty artists.
The selection included works by Karl-Heinz Adler (*1927), Strawalde (Jürgen Böttcher) (*1931), Hartwig Ebersbach (*1940), Hermann Glöckner (1889–1987), Hans-Hendrik Grimmling (*1947), Bernhard Heisig (1925–2011), Wolfgang Mattheuer (1927–2004), Harald Metzkes (*1929), A. R. Penck (1939–2017), Stefan Plenkers (*1945), Evelyn Richter (*1930), Arno Rink (*1940), Willi Sitte (1921–2013), Werner Tübke (1929–2004), Elisabeth Voigt (1893–1977), Trak Wendisch (*1958) and the group Clara Mosch
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