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Multiple Identities: New Thinking About Recent German Art

When: Thu., April 7, 5:30-7 p.m. 2011

It's difficult to get into any discussion of Germany's history over the past century without mentioning the events of the 1930s and '40s. But the catastrophe of the Third Reich—when a century's worth of cultural and material achievement was turned toward destruction—cannot be left out of the discussion. Two related shows that open today at the Ackland take the interesting tack of focusing on the century that preceded World War II, and the generation of artists who were profoundly shaped by its aftermath. The first show, called Romantic Dreams | Rude Awakenings: Northern European Prints and Drawings, 1840–1940, explores the currents of Romanticism through the disillusioning modernity that accompanied the Great War and the subsequent Weimar period. The show includes works by Otto Dix, George Grosz, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Max Beckmann. The latter show, drawn from a private collection, is called DE-NATURED, and it features the heavy hitters of the last few decades: Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Hilla Becher, Martin Kippenberger and more. Both shows open today, and there is a panel discussion from 5:30–7 p.m., titled Multiple Identities: New Thinking About Recent German Art. The show remains open through July 10. —David Fellerath

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