German communist artists to go on show in Potsdam

BERLIN (dpa) – Almost 30 years after the breaching of the Berlin Wall, 16 artworks previously displayed in communist East Germany's parliament are to go on show in exhibition, a German museum announced on Friday.
The artworks form part of the "Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR" exhibition, which is to open on October 28 at Barberini Museum in Potsdam, the capital of the eastern German state of Brandenburg.

The works from artists such as Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Arno Mohr, Willi Sitte and Werner Tuebke, were displayed from 1975 in the East German state's parliament building, the 1970's era Palast der Republik, until 1990.
The works appeared together Assembled under the theme: "If communists dream."
The Palast der Republik was torn down about a decade ago to make way for the reconstruction of the German Kaiser's historic former city palace, the Stadtschloss.
The 19th century Stadtschloss was destroyed at the hand of former East Germany's communist regime in the 1950's.
The artworks to go on display at the Barberini Museum have been largely stored in a depot since they were last shown at Berlin’s Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in 1995.
They are currently being restored in preparation for the exhibition in Potsdam.

Monday, July 31st 2017

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