The first exhibition of the new exhibition series KUNST im Willy-Brandt-Haus gives an overview of the art collection of the house, whose spectrum consists of works from 1896 to today.
Works of Classical Modernism are on display, which address the time of social upheaval in the Weimar Republic and later show the fate of persecution and expulsion by the National Socialists, also of artists.
The freedom of art and the individual is also the theme of the second part of the exhibition, when the spectrum of non-conformist art of the GDR is illuminated with a few examples. This year, the commemoration of June 17, 1953 and the uprisings in the former GDR, as well as the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961, offer further reasons to look back on this part of German history.
Finally, there are more current positions to consider: Visitors very often encounter Berlin here – be it as a motif or as the artists' center of life. But “art from East Germany” also lives on in reunified Germany, because the artists' origins and their early socialization continue to play an important role.
The exhibition can also be visited digitally at this link.