Stefan Plenkers, View Through a Room, 1983, oil on canvas, 120 x 110 cm, Museum Barberini

Stefan Plenkers, View Through a Room, 1983, oil on canvas, 120 x 110 cm, Museum Barberini

Artists from the GDR: Works from the Museum Barberini Collection
November 17, 2018 – February 2, 2020

One focus of the Museum Barberini’s collection is on paintings by artists from the former East Germany. Over the course of one year, we will be presenting four themes in our Barberini Collection series. All works from this part of the collection will be on display in the fall of 2019. The themes are Aspects of Painting (beginning October 17, 2018), Modern History Painting (beginning March 9, 2019), Melancholy and Painting (beginning October 26, 2019), and Landscapes (beginning October 26, 2019).

The first display, Aspects of Painting, is devoted to works from the 1980s. In two galleries, it presents four artists for whom painting served as a means of introspection and self-reflection: Hartwig Ebersbach (*1940), Günter Firit (1947–2010), Stefan Plenkers (*1945), and Erika Stürmer-Alex (*1938). In their search for their own artistic means of expression, these artists broadened their painting style to include an expressive, often enigmatic dimension that was independent of official doctrine.

The videos were created in the course of the exhibition Behind the Mask (2017).

A visit with Erika Stürmer-Alex

Erika Stürmer-Alex, born 1938 in Wriezen, painting, graphics, sculptures and installations.

 

Erika Stürmer-Alex, born 1938 in Wriezen, painting, graphics, sculptures and installations.

 

A visit with Hartwig Ebersbach

Hartwig Ebersbach, born 1940 in Zwickau, painter.

 

Hartwig Ebersbach, born 1940 in Zwickau, painter.