Staatliches Museum Schwerin
The Staatliches Museum Schwerin is exhibiting a selection of 120 pieces from its collection of art of the GDR. The exhibition reveals new perspectives that went beyond the prescribed art of the state, and focuses on the soft yet critical voices. In their resistance to ideological demands, traditional genres such as portraiture, land-
scapes and still life enabled an unexpected view of reality in the GDR.
The tension between intimacy and ideology gave rise to a specific aesthetic language that went beyond the stereotypes of Socialist Realism. Actions and performances were a special means of expression for this. A selection of pieces from the Schwerin Mail Art archives shows how artists maintained a cross-border connection to the world.
A richly-illustrated catalogue in German and English will be published.