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Official opening of “Divided Heaven. 1945-1968. The Collection. New National Gallery”

Neue Nationalgalerie

On 10 November 2011, guests assembled in the New National Gallery to attend the opening of the second instalment in the exhibition series on 20th century art from the National Gallery's own collection. After welcoming speeches held by Hermann Parzinger, Johannes Evers, Michael Eissenhauer, Udo Kittelmann and Joachim Jäger, the guests walked through the exhibition rooms and were visibly impressed by the show.

The exhibition 'Divided Heaven' (named after a novel by Christa Wolf) features key figures in art from 1945 to 1968.

The fine arts during this period were significantly influenced by the atmosphere of the Cold War and the political ideologies associated with it. When it came to art, what separated East and West most of all were two distinct paths, one leading to figuration, the other to abstraction. Stepping into the gallery, the visitor delves into the age of the German 'economic miracle' and the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, the Space Race and the age of Kennedy and Mao.

Divided Heaven
11.11.2011 to 08.09.2013

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