An exhibition currently on show in Berlin takes us back to the time of the Berlin Wall. Under constant state surveillance and censorship, resistance took on many forms. Voices of Dissent: Art in the GDR 1976-1989 showcases the varied and nuanced ways artists opposed the Communist State.
Voices of Dissent. Art in the GDR 1976-1989
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Hans-Hendrik Grimmling is one such dissident artist included in the exhibit at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum. He came to the attention of the stasi after participating in several artistic interventions and refusing to conform to state norms for art.
Behind him his painting “Die Umerziehung der Vögel” – “The Reeducation of the Birds”, 1977 hung as he explained:
“I was not allowed to travel, not even in the Eastern block. My exhibitions were closed down. The seal around me was getting very close, very tangible. The flow of information stopped. The feeling of tightness was getting very pressing and schizophrenic. It was like an infection in us all.”