Friday, 28 February 2014

Review of Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation at the British Museum

Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation
From the Duerckheim Collection
The British Museum, London
6 February – 31 August 2014

After the war, both in England, but also in Germany, people struggled to re-establish their identities. Many men felt emasculated, and many women wanted to maintain the responsibilities and “freedom” they had acquired during their husbands’ absence at war. In Germany, this adjustment to a changed situation was coupled with a complex and long drawn out coming to terms with the guilt of the past, or Kriegsbewältigung. In addition, for many, any sense of national identity was lost because of the division of the country into East and West.

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