Art of Two Germanys / Cold War Cultures


This exhibition comprised about 300 works of art-historical significance - paintings, sculptures, photography and installation art, books and videos by more than 120 artists - all of which were made in East and West Germany between 1945 and the end of German division in 1989. It explored the conflict of competing images of humankind and ideological concepts in the confrontation and dialogue which existed between the opposing political systems in Germany. Jointly organized by the American head curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stephanie Barron, and the German exhibition maker Eckhart Gillen, it was the first American exhibition to present German art history during the era of German division in an all-German context. The exhibition opened in Los Angeles in 2009, marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the second half of the commemorative year, the exhibition was shown at the National Museum of German Art and Culture in Nürnberg and the German Historical Museum Berlin.

Curators: Stephanie Barron (USA), Eckhart Gillen
Artists: Gerhard Altenbourg, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Anna and Bernhard Johannes Blume, Carlfriedrich Claus, Lutz Dammbeck, Hanne Darboven, Felix Droese, Hartwig, Ebersbach, Hans Haacke, Bernhard Heisig, Peter Herrmann, Werner Heldt, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Astrid Klein, Gustav Kluge, Mark Lammert, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Harald Metzkes, Marcel Odenbach, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, Nuria Quevedo, Raffael Reinsberg, Gerhard Richter, Katharina Sieverding, Rosemarie Trockel, Werner Tübke, Günther Uecker, Wolf Vostell and others

Venues and schedule:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles (USA), 25 January - 19 April 2009
National Museum of German Art and Culture, Nürnberg, 28 May - 6 September 2009
German Historical Museum Berlin, 3 October 2009 - 10 January 2010

2009 Commemorative Year Projects

Two momentous events of German post-war history were commemorated in 2009 – the founding of East and West Germany 60 years ago and the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago which led to the reunification of both states. The exhibition "Art of Two Germanys" was one of several large-scale projects with which the Federal Cultural Foundation was commemorating these two anniversaries in 2009.

2009 Commemorative Year


Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH

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