Die Freiheit des Denkens - The Freedom of Thought

30.10.21 bis 26.02.22


The freedom of art is a fundamental right and one of the most protected in the German catalog of fundamental rights. From today's perspective, it is hard to imagine what it meant to work non-figuratively as an artist in the 1950s/60s, contrary to the expectations of the state apparatus of the GDR. However, the intense political discussions about the role of art as an instrument of popular education already in the early years of the GDR made any deviating aesthetic positioning be understood as hostile to the state. It is therefore all the more astonishing, and has so far been all too little discussed, how courageously and defiantly a whole series of artists stood up to this.

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