Reevaluating the controversial legacy of East German art

“Kosmonauten/Cosmonauts,” by Lothar Zitzmann, via Kunstsammlung Gera/ VG Bild-Kunst

The exhibition “Abschied von Ikarus,” at Weimar’s Neues Museum, runs from Oct. 19, 2012 through Feb. 3, 2013. It draws on a research project at Dresden’s Technical University, entitled Bildatlas: Kunst in der DDR, or “Picture Atlas: Art in the GDR,”. For the project funded from the federal government, researchers tracked down over 20,000 works, many of them in storage at mining museums and factory collections.

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