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divided | undivided. Art in Germany 1945 to 2010

Invitation for the Press Talk on the occasion of the special exhibition
divided | undivided
and the newly organized rooms in the permanent exhibition of the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery)

On Tuesday, 7 February 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in the Albertinum
Meeting place: Entrance Georg-Treu-Platz

divided | undivided. Art in Germany 1945 to 2010 

An Exhibition by the Galerie Neue Meister of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
7 February 2012 to 27 January 2013
Exhibition site: Albertinum
Opening hours: daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays

divided | undivided is the second major special exhibition of the Galerie Neue Meister of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden since the re-opening of the Albertinum in 2010. Works in the show primarily originate from their own holdings. On an area of nearly 1.200 square meters, German-German art from the post-war period to the present will presented with ca. 120 works. Here, paintings encounter works from the sculpture collection, photographs and video installations and form a productive and stimulating dialogue.

The tour starts, on the one hand, with the programmatic painting “Death of Dresden” by Wilhelm Lachnit, in which he depicted the devastating destruction of Dresden in February 1945. On the other hand, an expressive yet abstract early work by Karl Otto Götz stands for a new beginning after the end of the Second World War.

Torn between pathetic feelings and sober recording, more and more a panorama opens of the German post-war period, where parallels in the developments in East and West can be observed just as increasing differences.

In the divided Germany, these differences developed in the course of the Cold War into an opposing image vocabulary: While in the West an abstract vocabulary prevailed, in the East realistic depiction dominated. In the time before and around 1989, both image vocabulary, which had existed until then, not only lost their special status but increasingly influenced each other. This time of change can very well be seen in the small “Monument for a separated Germany” (1986) by A. R. Penck as well as in the wall-filling photograph “Germany becomes more German” (1992) by Katharina Sieverding. The tour ends with works by the younger artist generation coming from all parts of Germany (and beyond).

Not only will there be changes on the gallery’s first floor. From 7 February 2012 onwards, visitors will encounter new paintings from the holdings of the Galerie Neue Meister in the permanent exhibition on the second floor as well. Moreover, a room will only be devoted to works by Sigmar Polke. The images will offer pithy insight into his oeuvre.

The gallery’s director, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bischoff, continues his exhibition concept developed in 2009 for the re-opening of the Albertinum. He shows that the museum is a dynamic space and, herewith, makes an important contribution for 20th and 21st century art.

We would like to present you with the special exhibition and kindly invite you to the press talk followed by a tour through the permanent exhibition of the Galerie Neue Meister. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bischoff, director of the Galerie Neue Meister, will be glad to answer any questions. To help us planning, please notify the Press Office if you intend to come.

The press release as pdf.

Press Contact

Dr. Stephan Adam
Pressesprecher und Leiter Kommunikation
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Postfach 12 05 51
01006 Dresden

Tel. ++49-351-49 14 2643
Fax ++49-351-49 14 2366


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