artists & participants
For East and West Germany during the Cold War, the creation of art and its reception and theorization were closely linked to their respective political systems: the Western liberal democracy of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the Eastern communist dictatorship of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Reacting against the legacy of Nazism, both Germanys revived pre-World War II national artistic traditions. Yet they developed distinctive versions of modern and postmodern art—at times in accord with their political cultures, at other times in opposition to them. By tracing the political, cultural, and theoretical discourses during the Cold War in the East and West German art worlds, Art of Two Germanys reveals the complex and richly varied roles that conventional art, new media, new art forms, popular culture, and contemporary art exhibitions played in the establishment of their art in the postwar era.
Art of Two Germanys is the first special exhibition to go on view in LACMA’s new Renzo Piano designed-building, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). Divided into four chronological sections, the exhibition includes approximately 300 paintings, sculptures, photographs, multiples, videos, installations, and books, by 120 artists. The show features large-scale installations and recreations of major works by Hans Haacke, Heinz Mack, Sigmar Polke, Raffael Rheinsberg, Gerhard Richter, and Dieter Roth, as well as a number of videos and performance-based works. After LACMA, the exhibition will travel to Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg (May 23–September 6, 2009), and Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin (October 3, 2009–January 10, 2010).
Curated by Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator of Modern Art, LACMA, and co-curator Dr. Eckhart Gillen, Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. It was made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Additional support was provided by LACMA's Art Museum Council. The international tour has been funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie.
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Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures
(Kunst und Kalter Krieg – Deutsche Positionen 1945-1989)
Kuratoren: Stephanie Barron, Eckhart Gillen
Künstler: Gerhard Altenbourg, Ursula Arnold, Ulrich Baehr, Georg Baselitz, Willi Baumeister, Thomas Bayrle, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Rudolf Bergander, Sibylle Bergemann, Joseph Beuys, Anna und Bernhard Blume, KP Brehmer, Micha Brendel, Klaus vom Bruch, Peter Brüning, Carlfriedrich Claus, Fritz Cremer, Lutz Dammbeck, Hanne Darboven, Chargesheimer, Hartwig Ebersbach, Harun Farocki, Arno Fischer, Thomas Florschuetz, Günther Förg, Else Gabriel, Isa Genzken, Hermann Glöckner, Hans Grundig, Johannes Grützke, Rainer Görß, Karl Otto Götz, Hans Haacke, Bernhard Heiliger, Bernhard Heisig, Werner Heldt, Georg Herold, Eva Hesse, Matthias Hoch, Gerhard Hoehme, Karl Hofer, Rebecca Horn, Hannah Höch, Candida Höfer, Jörg Immendorff, Wolf Kahlen, Ralf Kerbach, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Konrad Klapheck, Jürgen Klauke, Astrid Klein, Michael Klier, Ute Klophaus, Imi Knoebel, Georg Kolbe, Juro Kubicek, Arthur Köpcke, Mark Lammert, Via Lewandowsky, Herbert List, Konrad Lueg, Markus Lüpertz, Heinz Löffler, Heinz Mack, Karl Heinz Mai, Jeanne Mammen, Gerhard Marcks, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Georg Meistermann, Barbara Metselaar-Berthold, Olaf Metzel, Harald Metzkes, Otto Nagel, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Marcel Odenbach, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Blinky Palermo, Helga Paris, Ronald Paris, A. R. Penck, Richard Peter Sr. , Otto Piene, Rudolf Pleissner, Sigmar Polke, Curt Querner, Robert Rehfeldt, Raffael Rheinsberg, Evelyn Richter, Gerhard Richter, Heinrich Riebesehl, Klaus Rinke, Dieter Roth, Wilhelm Rudolph, Thomas Ruff, W. A. Scheffler, Cornelia Schleime, Gundula Schulze el Dowy, Gerry Schum, Emil Schumacher, Thomas Schütte, Eugen Schönebeck, Maria Sewcz, Katharina Sieverding, Willi Sitte, Volker Stelzmann, Thomas Struth, Rosemarie Trockel, Heinz Trökes, Werner Tübke, Die tödliche Doris , Günther Uecker, Herbert Vohlwahsen, Wolf Vostell, Franz Erhard Walther, Fritz Winter, Heinrich Witz, Ulrich Wüst
25.01.09 - 19.04.09 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
23.05.09 - 06.09.09 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
03.10.09 - 10.01.10 Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin