How do artists confront major political shifts? The end of the 1980s witnessed a series of civic uprisings worldwide. Central and Eastern Europe experienced revolutionary changes—from the dismantling of the Berlin Wall to the breakup of Yugoslavia. The political transformations following the end of the Cold War and its imposed East-West dichotomies incited many artists to publicly reassess their countries’ entangled histories in relation to new democracies, transnational networks, and personal identity—sometimes with a sense of new possibility and sometimes with retrospective insight. They experimented with performance, montage, and fragmented narratives, underscoring art’s potential to imagine histories alternate to official interpretations. “Everything we do has a political charge and the division between politics and aesthetics is entirely erroneous,” the artist Sanja Iveković once pointedly noted.
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13 works online
Pawel AlthamerPolish, born 19672 exhibitions, 3 works online
Miroslaw BalkaPolish, born 19584 exhibitions, 18 works online
Sibylle BergemannGerman, 1941–20102 exhibitions, 12 works online
Geta BrătescuRomanian, 1926–20185 exhibitions, 10 works online
Günther FörgGerman, 1952–20139 exhibitions, 61 works online
- There are 25 artists in this collection gallery online.