The 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition in Berlin to take a look at European art since 1945

Published on : Monday, February 4, 2013

An exhibition of the German History Museum Curator: Dr. Monika Flacke, 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition commenced in Berlin on February 3, 2013. The eight-day exhibition is an initial attempt to take a look at European art since 1945 without the usual ideological demarcation lines that came about with the Cold War. Twelve chapters will examine the different ways in which artists have dealt with the ideals of Enlightenment and the belief in universal human rights, freedom, equality and democracy. Selected works will be seen within the framework of the project as visual expressions of ideas and concepts that have the potential to change the world.

The artworks come from almost all of the European countries – from Portugal to Russia, from Scotland to Albania and Greece. Thus the exhibition also taps into the art of often neglected regions of Europe and in this way overcomes the separation of art into East and West, North and South, which has been a common practice since the Cold War. National background of the artists, chronologies and artistic schools do not play a role.

The exhibition is the centrepiece of an international cooperation, coordinated by the German Historical Museum, in which ten museums, galleries, research and cultural institutes from Germany, Poland, Estonia, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Greek, Sweden and Hungary are participating. Besides the exhibition, which will travel from Berlin to Warsaw, Tallinn and Milan, further individual aspects will be presented in smaller satellite exhibitions as well as in the context of workshops and conferences.

Accompanying the exhibition will be an extensive catalogue as well as a bilingual German-English publication that will most likely also be translated into the languages of the exhibition’s further stations. An interactive website dealing with the project as a whole and a closing conference will round off the wide range of individual projects.

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