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Baselitz and his Generation
germany divided, Georg Baselitz, british museum
'Ein neuer Type' ('A New Type'), 1965, Georg Baselitz

The aftermath of World War Two created a divide between West and East Germany. While the former valued freedom and democracy, the East developed a Communist system. In 1961, these political differences grew into a physical manifestation, when on 13th August
the Berlin Wall cut off family, friends, and the hope of a nation.

Exploring the country's collective guilt, separation, and psychological destruction, The British Museum is holding a free exhibition featuring six Germany artists painting at the time of this social unrest. Germany Divided features over ninety works on loan from the private collection of Count Christian Duerckheim. Half of these are by Georg Baselitz. A Neo-Expressionist, some of his most famous work includes vivid upside down images from the 1970s. Like all the artists being showcased, Baselitz studied in East Germany, but moved to the West before the wall was erected.

All the paintings featured were done on paper, and show the changing style of art in post-war Germany. Among the other artists are Markus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, A R Penck, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter. The paintings can be seen until the 31st August.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 31st August
Phone: 44 (0)20 7323 8299
Where: British Museum
Cost: Free
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