Voices of Dissent: Art in the GDR 1976-1989

16 July – 26 September 2016

Poster “Voices of Dissent: Art in the GDR 1976-1989”

Exhibition poster “Voices of Dissent: Art in the GDR 1976-1989”. Image: Performance Via Lewandowsky. Berlin, 1989

© Jochen Wermann. Poster design: Ta-Trung

This exhibition explores the relationships of dissident art and power in the GDR through a large number of representative works. Dissidence and critical distancing from the state apparatus took a great variety of artistic forms in the former socialist republic. This gathering of “other” art from the GDR asks how Germany’s recent history can be reappraised after decades of sterile East-West comparisons. Who are its real heroes? The exhibition will present the production of an active, dynamic and fearless network of assertive painters, poets, performers, actionists, Super8 filmmakers and jazz and rock musicians who looked for spaces of freedom beyond the reach of the state.

Organizer: Deutsche Gesellschaft e. V.

   Deutsche Gesellschaft

With the kind support of Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).
Sponsors: Lotto-Stiftung Berlin, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband
Partners: Mercedes-Benz, rbb Kulturradio, Der Tagesspiegel, Cicero

Curated by: Eugen Blume and Christoph Tannert