Reality Bites: Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
February 9-April 29, 2007

Curator: Sabine Eckmann

The exhibition brought into focus the interdependence of art and the social, economic, and political worlds since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 and the subsequent unification of the two Germanys in October of 1990. Exploring how a new generation of visual artists has dealt, both directly and indirectly, with the effects of unification, Reality Bites was organized around three themes: national identity, globalization and collective trauma. The artworks explored how video, photography, installation, assemblage, paintings, and drawings executed in the first decade of the new Germany mediated as well as contributed to the political, geographical and cultural transformation of the transitional time for the new country.

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