Museum Utopie und Alltag

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Location Eisenhüttenstadt

Erich-Weinert-Allee 3
15890 Eisenhüttenstadt

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday, national holidays
11.00 – 17.00

If the national holiday is on a Monday, the museum is open. Closed on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year, even on Mondays.
The exhibitions are barrier-free. An elevator and a barrier-free toilet are available.

Entrance

Adults: € 4
Concessions: € 2*

Groups: € 40**
Guided tours: € 30 / 50 ***
Schulprojekte:  €15 plus 1 € p. P

*Pupils, Students, disabled  persons, Seniors; Children aged under 7: free
** up to 20 people
*** up to 12 people
Tue-Fr: € 30 € / Sa-So: € 50

Location Beeskow

Spreeinsel
Access via Burg Beeskow
Frankfurter Strasse 23
15848 Beeskow

Guided tours Art Archive:

The Archive in Beeskow can be visited on guided tours. Please see our programme for details. In addition to public guided tours during the current event programme, it is also possible to book special tours.
Please contact us in advance at: +49 (0)3366 – 352727

Entrance

Per person: € 9
Concessions: € 7*

Special guided tours:
€ 26 per group, plus entrance per person
*Pupils, Students, disabled  persons
** up to 20 people

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Tel: 03364 – 417 355
Fax: 03364 – 418 947
museum@utopieundalltag.de

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Kunstarchiv / DOK
Breitscheidstr. 7
15848 Beeskow

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E-Mail: antje.wilke@l-os.de
Phone: 03366 – 352736

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Exhibitions

Temporary Exhibitions

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U5, Der Reiniger, aus der Serie Tarot der kleinen Dinge, 2023 © Courtesy of the artist
U5, Der Reiniger, aus der Serie Tarot der kleinen Dinge, 2023 © Courtesy of the artist
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U5, Die Katze, aus der Serie Tarot der kleinen Dinge, 2023 © Courtesy of the artist
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U5, Der Mond, aus der Serie Tarot der kleinen Dinge, 2023 © Courtesy of the artist
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U5, 1985, 2023, Video Still © Courtesy of the artist
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Following an invitation by curators Helene Romakin and Lea Schleiffenbaum, the artists’ collective U5 took a look at the Museum Utopie und Alltag’s collection of 170,000 objects. What emerged is the exhibition Der Reiniger, die Katze und der Mond (The Cleaner, the Cat and the Moon). In the exhibition Der Reiniger, die Katze und der Mond (The Cleaner, the Cat and the Moon), the artists intermingled objects from the museum’s collection with miniatures, sculptures, ceramics and everyday objects from their own studio.

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U5 deliberately refrains from extensive historical analysis and instead focuses on everyday anecdotes, personal memories and youthful longings.
Which stories are told, which are forgotten? How do our personal memories and ideas shape the perception of objects?

Taking cues from the items’ materialities, colors and functions, U5 deliberately disrupt familiar attributions. An open space emerges from the supposedly bygone and closed past, which – also with the help of the audience – repeatedly gives rise to new narratives and contexts. In the entrance area, U5 allows collection objects and artworks to merge into one another following patterns of shapes and colors in an expansive installation. The arrangement is accompanied by an 89-piece tarot card set, the Tarot der kleinen Dinge. Instead of negotiating grand and abstract questions of life, the cards focus on the mundane and applicable.

Among the museum objects that have captured the artists’ attention is a box of photo slides from a GDR Antarctic expedition. The slides recount the history of the Georg-Foster Station, whose last expedition team commenced their service in October 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. These images inspired U5 to create several artworks: the video piece 1985, the series 6 Flags: Pictures from Antarctica, as well as six original Recreation Areas.

An open space emerges from the supposedly bygone and closed past, which – also with the help of the audience – repeatedly gives rise to new narratives and contexts. The artists invite  the public on a witty, critical-feminist journey that evokes the magic of everyday life in an interplay between association and memory.

The Museum Utopie und Alltag’s concerns extend beyond contextualizing and coming to terms with the past academically; it also seeks to critically challenge contemporary discourse on remembrance through artistic methods. For several years now, the museum has regularly invited artists to creatively engage with its collection and to enrich the ongoing exchange of ideas.

Der Reiniger, die Katze und der Mond  is a follow-up to the exhibition I love Clark, presented at the beginning of the year at the Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam.

Founded in 2007, U5 is an artists’ collective whose diverse artistic work involves selecting and exploring various media and materials based on interest and urgency. U5 explores traits of collective action and perception in artistic production, exhibitions as well as research initiatives.

Lea Schleiffenbaum is an art historian and independent curator. Her projects and exhibitions in public space are realized for the Neue Auftraggeber, among others. Helene Romakin is a cultural researcher, independent curator and author. In 2023 she successfully completed her doctoral thesis on the anthropocene and storytelling at the ETH Zurich.

The exhibition was made possible with the support of the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia and GeWi – Gebäudewirtschaft Eisenhüttenstadt GmbH.

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Museum Utopie und Alltag
Erich-Weinert-Allee 3,
15890 Eisenhüttenstadt

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November Erkundungen, Grafikmappe mit Arbeiten von Falko Behrendt und Joachim Lautenschläger, 1988; Museum Utopie und Alltag, Foto: Armin Herrmann
November Erkundungen, Grafikmappe mit Arbeiten von Falko Behrendt und Joachim Lautenschläger, 1988; Museum Utopie und Alltag, Foto: Armin Herrmann

The Museum of Utopia and Daily Life and the Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst (BLMK) are showing portfolios of prints from the GDR in an exhibition at three locations – Eisenhüttenstadt, Cottbus, Frankfurt (Oder). The starting point for this joint project is the holdings of over 320 portfolios in the Beeskow Art Archive and the BLMK. In Eisenhüttenstadt, the focus is on the revolutions, in Cottbus on the topic or motif of literature, and in Frankfurt (Oder) the diversity of landscape views is explored.

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The revolutions that artists have addressed in their prints include not only the October Revolution and the Peasants’ War, but also the November-, the French- and the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. The selected etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and silkscreens convey a complex, sometimes critical approach to historical events that can still be relevant.
Portfolios of prints from the GDR

An exhibition in three places:

Revolutions, Museum of Utopia and Daily Life in Eisenhüttenstadt, June 3 – October 8, 2023 (opening on June 2, 2023)

Prometheus und Co., BLMK Cottbus, June 4 – August 20, 2023 (opening on June 3, 2023)

Between arcadia and residential area, BLMK Frankfurt (Oder), June 4 – August 20, 2023 (opening on June 4, 2023)

 

A cooperation between the Brandenburgische Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst and the Museum of Utopia and Everyday Life.

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Ausschnitt: Erika Stürmer-Alex, o. T., 1980/81, Rüdersdorf, Foto: Martin Maleschka,
Ausschnitt: Erika Stürmer-Alex, o. T., 1980/81, Rüdersdorf, Foto: Martin Maleschka,
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Erika Stürmer-Alex, o.T., 1980/81, Rüdersdorf © Martin Maleschka
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Address: Landtag Brandenburg
Alter Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

 

25.01.2023-08.12.2023

Mon-Fri 8.00 -18.00

 

Whether in Potsdam or Cottbus, in Eisenhüttenstadt or Dedelow – in many places in the state of Brandenburg there are numerous examples of building-related art that represent the East German history of art in public space in all its diversity. A cultural heritage in the middle of everyday life!

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Together with the photographer and author Martin Maleschka, Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologisches Landesmuseum, the Museum of Utopia and Daily Life shows how art-rich Brandenburg is and at the same time addresses the responsibilities associated with this heritage.

The exhibition can be visited from 25 January to 8 December 2023, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Landtag in Potsdam. It is closed on public holidays.

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ČSSR, Malá Fatra-Gebirge 1974. Foto: Werner Großmann (Bundesarchiv Bild 183-P0215-419)

26.06.2022 to 30.04.2023
Tue-Sun 11.00 – 17.00

 

During the Cold War, an “Iron Curtain” ran through Europe, but even the borders between “friendly Socialist countries” were politically sensitive and only allowed limited international movement.

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In the 1960s, rules became more relaxed, but a true breakthrough came in 1972: the GDR, ČSSR and Poland introduced laws permitting cross-border travel without a passport or visa. In the very first year of their introduction, millions of people took advantage of the new regulations, going on holidays, day trips and shopping tours to neighbouring countries.

The exhibition highlights these diverse travel experiences, going beyond the “Borders of Friendship”. It presents material evidence of tourism from the collection of the Museum of Utopia and Daily Life, other collections and archives, as well as private loans: including travel catalogues, posters, maps, holiday souvenirs, postcards, photo albums and 35 mm films.

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Schwedt (Oder)
Schwedt (Oder)
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Eisenhüttenstadt im Wandel, Fotomontage von Martin Maleschka, (c) Fotograf.
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Schwedt (Oder)
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The upheaval of 1989/90 led to a watershed in urban development throughout Eastern Germany, especially for industrial cities in peripheral locations. Industrial and commercial closure, migration and declining birth rates are causing shrinking cities, demolition and urban transformation. How will these cities cope in the years ahead? Can history reveal specific opportunities for the future? The Museum of Utopia and Daily Life invites visitors, residents and experts to jointly consider these questions and develop ideas.

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Eisenhüttenstadt is an especially suitable example: planned as a “new type of city”, the first housing blocks of the socialist model city were developed here 70 years ago. The exhibition takes comparative perspectives on Nowa Huta in Poland and Schwedt in Brandenburg: how are these cities shaping social transformation? The exhibition also presents plans, models and photographs, as well as the artistic installation “DDR NOIR” by the artist Henrike Naumann.

The exhibition project “Endless Beginning. The transformation of the socialist city” is supported by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and was developed in cooperation with the Department of Visual Communication at the weißensee academy of art berlin. Also in cooperation with the City of Eisenhüttenstadt and the Städtisches Museum Eisenhüttenstadt, City Archive Department. Media partner: Das Magazin.

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Thomas Kläber, o. T. („Erlebnis Trasse“), 1984, ©Th. Kläber

The current construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea is a controversial geopolitical topic. The struggle for dominance on the European energy market has been continuing for decades. From the 1970s to 1990s, participation in the Drushba Pipeline (Russian: Дружба; English: Friendship) was an exemplary project with which the German Democratic Republic (GDR) presented itself abroad. For years, thousands of workers were deployed along the pipeline, for which the GDR received natural gas from the Soviet Union.

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The “project of the century” was accompanied by a major cultural campaign: the GDR brought artists to the pipeline to entertain the “Trasniks”, as the workers were known; artworks were also produced on-site, which were presented at touring exhibitions along the pipeline and in the GDR. The infrastructure project was also showcased in publications and numerous television reports. This exhibition focuses on the connection between culture and economic policy, investigating the image that was constructed for the general public and the role that art played in the process.

Exhibition venue: ehem. Selbstbedienungskaufhalle, Saarlouiser Straße 60a, Eisenhüttenstadt

The project is part of the theme year Kulturland Brandenburg 2021: “The future of the Past – Industrial culture in motion”

The theme year Kulturland Brandenburg 2021 is funded by the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture, as well as the Ministry for Infrastructure and State Planning of the State of Brandenburg.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der brandenburgischen Sparkassen.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg.

Special thanks to Holger Friedrich for kindly providing the project space for the exhibition.

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In der Ausstellung "Zeitumstellung", 2021, Foto: Kevin Fuchs
In der Ausstellung "Zeitumstellung", 2021, Foto: Kevin Fuchs
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Blick in die Ausstellung „Zeitumstellung“ mit einem Werk von Annett Zinsmeister, Foto: Birgitta Schmidt
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Blick in die Ausstellung „Zeitumstellung“ mit Werken Albrecht Gehse, Max Görner, Gerd Gombert, Bruno Griesel , Michael Hegewald, Frenzy Höhne, Achim Kircher, Konrad Knebel und Barbara Müller-Kageler, Foto: Birgitta Schmidt
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Blick in die Ausstellung „Zeitumstellung“ mit Werken von Inken Reinert und Thomas Ziegler, Foto: Kunstarchiv Beeskow
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Blick in die Ausstellung „Zeitumstellung“ mit Werken von Konrad Knebel und Barbara Müller-Kageler, Foto: Birgitta Schmidt
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Exhibition at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin

 

Due to the current restrictions on public life to combat the Corona pandemic, Schloss Biesdorf is closed. Information: schlossbiesdorf.de/en/.

 

Zeitumstellung | Time Change

 

Works from the Beeskow Art Archive in dialogue with contemporary positions

 

The memory of the GDR as a country of one’s own origins and part of today’s Federal Republic is the focus of the exhibition “Zeitumstellung”. Recent socio-political developments make it clear how diverse and heterogeneous the memories of this supposedly “disappeared” country are. The interplay of selected works from the Beeskow collection with contemporary positions in this exhibition enables new dialogues, perspectives and questions. Works from the art archive will open up new perspectives on the GDR with current works by contemporary artists and expand the view beyond the historically conditioned borders. The exhibition looks back at life in the GDR and its representations, not Eastalgia, but remembrance and mediation into today.

 

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The Beeskow Art Archive houses a special stock of artistic works from 40 years of the GDR that is of cultural and art historical interest. Owned by parties, mass organisations and state institutions of the GDR before 1990, the works have belonged to the new federal states since German reunification. The Beeskow depot holds the shares of the states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The exhibition “Zeitumstellung” is part of a reorientation whose aim is, among other things, to open up the collection even more to new perspectives through a contemporary approach.

Schloss Biesdorf, as the municipal gallery of the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, has already worked together with the Beeskow Art Archive in recent years. Smaller presentations from the context there and also selected positioning of individual works in the current contemporary context have been shown several times.

In this exhibition, the focus is now on works from Beeskow.

In dialogue with contemporary works, this exhibition can offer a further contribution to the discussion about the artistic heritage of the GDR. he exhibition will be accompanied by an educational programme.

Artists in the exhibition:
Joachim Bayer, Claudia Borchers, Gudrun Brüne, Manfred Butzmann, Fritz Duda, Wolfgang Eckhardt, Bernhard Franke, Friedrich-Wilhelm Fretwurst, Peter Fritz, Ellen Fuhr, Gerhard Füsser, Dieter Gantz, Albrecht Gehse, Gerd Gombert, Max Görner, Bruno Griesel, Claas Gutsche, Ruthild Hahne, Monika Hamann, Harald Hauswald, Michael Hegewald, Hermann Hensel, Eberhard Hertwig, Christa und Günter Hoffmann, Martin Hoffmann/Reinhard Zabka, Frenzy Höhne, Jo Jastram, Doris Kahane, Susanne Kandt-Horn, Doris Karras, Achim Kircher, Konrad Knebel, Kurt-Hermann Kühn, Rolf Lindemann, Harry Lüttger, Maria Mateva, Harald Metzkes, Ingeborg Michaelis, Paul Michaelis, Rainer Muhrbeck, Barbara Müller-Kageler, Gudrun Petersdorff, Mario Pfeifer, Carla Pohl, Volker Pohlenz, Inken Reinert, Lothar Rericha, Gottfried Richter, Horst Ring, Gerhard Rommel, Gerti Schlegel, Rolf Xago Schröder, Werner Schulz, Maria  Sewcz, Hartmut Staake, Daniel Theiler, Hans Ticha, Andreas Wachter, Norbert Wagenbrett, Malte Wandel, Christoph Wetzel, Walter Womacka, Axel Wunsch, Thomas Ziegler, Annett Zinsmeister, Christof Zwiener

Curated by Elke Neumann

A cooperation project between Schloss Biesdorf and the Kunstarchiv Beeskow.

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Nachlass Roger Melis Kinder in der Kollwitzstraße, Berlin 1974

“The aim of my photography was rarely to capture a special, unrepeatable moment. Instead, the moment I sought again and again was when the special, exceptional and coincidental slips away from people and they reveal their nature, how they really are.”

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Hardly any other photographer has shed light on East Germans and their livelihoods as intensively and from as many perspectives as Roger Melis (1940–2009). For three decades, the co-founder and master of East German photo-realism travelled from Berlin throughout the GDR, a country under SED rule that he often perceived as “silent” and petrified. In atmospherically dense, often symbolic photographs, he documents the everyday life of people in urban and rural locations, their working and living conditions, as well as more or less voluntarily executed political rituals in a real socialist environment.

Vivid photographs of writers and visual artists made Melis renowned in the 1960s both in the East and West. Many of his portraits of authors, including Anna Seghers, Heiner Müller, Christa Wolf, Sarah Kirsch and Wolf Biermann, subsequently became prominent in newspapers, magazines, books, calendars, posters and record covers, helping to shape the “face” of East German culture. Today, they are regarded as classics of the genre.

Melis shows the same care in portraying people from almost all social fields: workers and managing directors, farmers and foresters, craftsmen and traders, children and teenagers, functionaries and dissidents.

Melis preferred to seek out people where they worked, showing everyone the same respect. His portraits of East Germans refrain from depicting types, nor do they attempt to expose anyone. Instead they approach people gently and are open to the diversity of their experiences.

The empathetic portraits are complemented by a wide range of self-commissioned reports and striking milieu studies that combine to paint a multifaceted picture of the GDR. The images reflect the pride and confidence of East Germans, while also revealing signs of skepticism and resignation, as well as defiance and growing courage, which ultimately led to the system’s collapse.

The exhibition was produced in cooperation with the Roger Melis Archive and curated by Mathias Bertram. Two accompanying books entitled In einem stillen Land and Die Ostdeutschen have been published by Lehmstedt Verlag.

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Thomas Ziegler, Die große Teekanne

War, liberation and friendship in images from the Beeskow Art Archive

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“The Art of Memory” presents paintings, graphics and photographs on the theme of World War II, liberation from National Socialism and friendship with the Soviet Union. These themes are key to the GDR’s own understanding of its history and are accordingly present in its art. In the 1980s, increasing undertones and multifaceted interpretations became apparent: going beyond idealisation, the anti-fascist myth and the symbolism of avowal. A wide range of realistic, expressive and abstract aesthetic means were used. In many works, reflection on history is combined with consideration of contemporary problems, such as authoritarian social conditions, militarism and the fear of nuclear war. Thus the images continue to be relevant to reflection beyond the period of their production.

 

Includes works by Petra Flemming, Dieter Gantz, Heidrun Hegewald, Hartmut Hornung, Gerhard Goßmann, Gerhart Kurt Müller, Norbert Wagenbrett and Thomas Ziegler.

Frauen von heute“, in: Sibylle - Zeitschrift für Mode und Kultur, 02/1969, S. 56-57, Autorin: Lisa Schädlich, Fotograf: Jochen Moll.
Frauen von heute“, in: Sibylle - Zeitschrift für Mode und Kultur, 02/1969, S. 56-57, Autorin: Lisa Schädlich, Fotograf: Jochen Moll.
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Marion Wenzel, o.T., Barytabzug, 1989 Aus der Reihe: „Pleinair Mikroelektronik Frankfurt (Oder)“
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Jürgen Parche, Porträts von Arbeiter/-innen aus dem GMT (VEB Gießerei- und Maschinenbau „Max Matern“ Torgelow), Öl auf Leinwand, 1988
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Neue Berliner Illustrierte, Ausgaben der 1960er- und 1980er-Jahre, Fotografen: u.a. Rudolf Ulmer, Uwe Steinberg; Eberhard Klöppel
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Ob als Motiv in Magazinen oder von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern porträtiert: Darstellungen von Arbeit, Arbeiterinnen und Arbeitern waren bestimmend und allgegenwärtig in der Bildwelt der DDR.

 

Eine gemeinsame Ausstellung vom Kunstarchiv Beeskow und dem Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR im Brandenburger Landtag in Potsdam.

 

30.1. – 11.12.2020

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Die Sammlung in Eisenhüttenstadt und der Kunstbestand in Beeskow verfügen über zahlreiche Bildmedien und Kunstwerke, die enorme Präsenz des arbeitenden Menschen in der visuellen Kultur der DDR eindrücklich belegen.

Von besonderem Interesse sind hierbei Werke, die als Serie konzipiert und umgesetzt, respektive veröffentlicht worden sind. Sie verdichten die Arbeiterin und den Arbeiter zum Typus und zur Heldenfigur, zeigen Arbeitskontexte und wiederholen Losungen zur sozialistischen Produktion schier unendlich. Es ergeben sich vielfältige Perspektiven auf das gesellschaftliche Ideal und die alltägliche Realität der Arbeit in der DDR. Damit verbunden sind Einblicke in die ostdeutsche Zeitgeschichte sowie Impulse zum Diskurs über damalige, heutige und zukünftige Arbeitsverhältnisse.

Mit Werken von Edmund Bechtle, Kurt Buchwald, Goran Djurovic, Jürgen Parche, Dieter Rex, Vera Singer, Marion Wenzel, Klaus Werner, Ursula Wolf, Walter Womack sowie mit Titelgestaltungen der Neuen Berliner Illustrierten, Porträtserien aus dem Magazin Sibylle, Karikaturen der Satirezeitschrift Eulenspiegel und Plakaten zum sozialistischen Wettbewerb.

Ausstellungsort:

Landtag Brandenburg
Alter Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Die Ausstellung kann montags bis freitags von 8 bis 18 Uhr besucht werden. An gesetzlichen Feiertagen bleibt die Ausstellung geschlossen. Das Landtagsgebäude ist barrierefrei zugänglich.

 

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Permanent Exhibition Eisenhüttenstadt

Everyday Life: GDR – The permanent exhibition: Photo: Bernd Geller
Everyday Life: GDR – The permanent exhibition: Photo: Bernd Geller
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Everyday Life: GDR – The permanent exhibition: Photo: Bernd Geller
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Everyday Life: GDR – The permanent exhibition: Photo: Bernd Geller
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The permanent exhibition in Eisenhüttenstadt gives the visitor an introduction into politics, society and everyday life in the GDR. The ten exhibitions rooms show the multiple sides of everday life in work and family, informs about education, consumption and communication.

 

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In subsequent exhibition rooms the structure of power in the GDR, the so-called “socialist way of life” in the 1970s and the different oppositional milieus in the 1980s are debated. The permanent exhibition starts with information about the new city of Eisenhuettenstadt. All exhbition rooms are connected by a “chronology in objects” covering the years between the end of WW II and the fall of the Berlin wall.

Several hundred objects, photographs and documents are presented in the permanent exhibition, combined with audio-visual material, oral-history interviews and digitized basic information about the GDR. An audio-guide provides “object stories” of 33 selected artifacts presented.

A 335-page catalogue accompanying the permanent exhibition is published by Ch. Links Verlag publishers, Berlin (in German).

A short printed guide through the exhibition is available in English.

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Open depot Beeskow

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Schwedt (Oder)

Adress
Stadtmuseum Schwedt/Oder
Jüdenstraße 17
16303 Schwedt/Oder

 

Städtebau: Pläne, Modelle, Visionen

 

The exhibition project “Endless Beginning. The transformation of the socialist city” is supported by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and was developed in cooperation with the Department of Visual Communication at the weißensee academy of art berlin.

 

11.12.2022-12.03.2023