Revolutionary Romances? [de]
Globale Kunstgeschichten in der DDR

Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden/Hilke Wagner/Mathias Wagner/Kerstin Schankweiler/Kathleen Reinhardt

176 pp.
135 b/w and color illustrations
Perfect bound brochure

Leipzig April, 2024
ISBN: 9783959057813

Width: 17 cm
Length: 24 cm

Language(s): German

Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Hilke Wagner, Mathias Wagner, Kerstin Schankweiler, Kathleen Reinhardt

Rimini Berlin, Jenny Hasselbach, Franziska Morlok

Revolutionary Romances? Global Art Histories in the GDR looks at East Germany’s relations — rooted in a spirit of friendship and revolution — with its socialist “sister” countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The concepts of “international solidarity” and “friendship between nations” had an inherent geopolitical agenda: as such, they not only determined East Germany’s foreign policy but also supported a multitude of transcultural contacts and became a key focus of propaganda and the visual arts in the GDR. The book accompanying the exhibition of the same name presents themes and motifs of actual and putative “revolutionary romances”, including the ideals and icons of socialist internationalism, artistic protests against war and violence, travel images, mail art, and works produced by foreign art students in East Germany.

Mathias Wagner is an art historian and conservator at the Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Hilke Wagner is an art historian and director of the Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Kerstin Schankweiler is a professor for visual studies in a global context in the Institute of Art and Music at TUD Dresden University of Technology. Kathleen Reinhardt is an art historian and director of the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin.

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