Film Screening: A Selection of Short Films on Visual Artists in the GDR
July 6, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst Campus
A selection of short films on visual artists in the GDR | Intro by April Eisman, Iowa State Univ.
Three GDR Women Painters
Malen in der DDR
(Germany, 1986, dir. Silvia Brüning, 12 min., color, doc.)
In this West German TV report—coinciding with the first GDR art exhibition in the FRG after the 1986 bilateral cultural exchange agreement—Angela Hampel, Gudrun Trendafilov and Ursula Rzodeczko speak about creating art within existing restrictions.
Battle on Canvas
Schlacht am Bild
(GDR, 1988, dir. Ted Tetzke, 21 min., color, doc., EN ST)
After over 10 years, Werner Tübke completed The Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany, a monumental oil-on-canvas painting for the Panorama Museum, painted in the Renaissance styles of Albrecht Dürer and Albrecht Altdorfer.
9th GDR Art Exhibition: Dresden, 1982-83
IX. Kunstausstellung der DDR – Dresden 1982/1983
(GDR, 1983, dir. Peter Petersen, 24 min., color, doc.)
The GDR Ministry of Culture hosted a national art exhibition in Dresden every 4 years, which presented an official selection of artworks. Over 1500 artists—including Werner Tübke, Harald Metzkes, Albrecht Gehse and Willi Sitte—participated in the 1982-83 show, which was seen by over one million visitors.
Hermann Glöckner: A Short Visit
Kurzer Besuch bei Hermann Glöckner
(GDR, 1984, dir. Jürgen Böttcher, 32 min., color&b/w, doc., EN ST)
Constructivist painter and sculptor Hermann Glöckner speaks of his experiences under the Nazis and his difficulties with Socialist Realism in the 1950s and ‘60s. This is the only filmic portrait of the artist.
Strawalde and Penck Paint a Picture
Strawalde und Penck malen ein Bild
(Germany, 1991, dir. Heiner Sylvester, 29 min., color, EN VO)
On September 18, 1991, two significant (East) German painters—Strawalde (Jürgen Böttcher) and A.R. Penck (Ralf Winkler)—got together for a unique painting action in Berlin.
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