German art seems to be rife in London right now. With various galleries and museums around the city exhibiting the works of numerous German artists, it’s a great time to view some fantastic modern art and in most cases, delve into the fascinating history of Deutschland. Here are the best of the bunch.
As you’ve probably seen advertised all over the underground, the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Royal Academy opened a couple of weeks ago, showcasing his enigmatic and ambitious large scale paintings and sculptures in one of the biggest Kiefer exhibitions ever to be held in the UK. With the Guardian calling it “the most exciting show in Britain this Autumn” and critics praising his sublime depiction of a post-war era, this is one exhibition not to be missed.
Continuing with London’s love for all things Deutsch, the Tate Modern is also exhibiting the work of another important modern German artist: Sigmar Polke. Polke’s witty, rebellious, colourful (and at times surreal) multi-media creations fly the flag for European Pop-Art, with the Tate bringing together Polke’s work over a five decade career. Starting with Polke’s more Pop-Art works which demonstrate his conflict of living in the Soviet east and aspiring to the 60s consumer culture in the west, right through to his more experimental work in the 80s, the exhibition at the Tate Modern proves Polke to be an important figure in 20th Century European art, even up there with his pal and (and more well known) contemporary, Gerhard Richter.
The British Museum is also showcasing numerous German creations. The ‘Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation’ exhibition brings together prints and drawings from German artists who migrated from East Germany to West in the 1960s and 70s, with works preoccupied with the post-World War One cynicism and guilt, as well as the consequences of the devastating divide of a defeated country. Artists such as Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke are featured in the exhibition amongst others, offering the public a satirical yet disturbing take on the mindset of a post-war generation.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2014/germany_divided.aspx And if that’s not enough, be sure to check out the British Museums ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’, an extraordinary collection of objects telling the story of Germany over the past 600 years. So put on some deep house, get bopping and give in to your inner Germanic manic. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jobarrow/would-you-pass-gcse-german-now#39gg193 Maddy Martin; begot