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Film Screenings: Short Portraits Reveal the Heritage of GDR Artists

Event Details

June 21, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: S240

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Intro by April Eisman, Iowa State University

Political Art: Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Dix, Otto Nagel

Kämpfende Kunst

(GDR, 1959, dir. Götz Oehlschlägel, 8 min., b/w, doc., EN ST)

This short look at three artists features a score by Hans-Dieter Hosalla.

Otto Nagel, 1894-1967

(GDR, 1970, dir. Karlheinz Mund, 22 min., color&b/w, doc.)

A poetic portrait of painter Otto Nagel by a director who specialized in films on artists.

Ernst Barlach: Mystic of Modernity

Ernst Barlach – Mystiker der Moderne

(Germany, 2006, dir. Bernd Boehm, 26 min., color&b/w, doc., EN ST/VO)

This portrait of German Expressionist artist Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) weaves his writings into extensive shots of drawings, paintings and sculptures.           

Fritz Cremer, Creator of the Buchenwald Memorial

Fritz Cremer, Schöpfer des Buchenwald-Denkmal

(GDR, 1957, dir. Hugo Hermann, 17 min., b/w, doc., EN ST)

A portrait of Cremer and his work. His Buchenwald memorial became a global rallying cry for antifascism. Text by Bertolt Brecht.

Dresden Artists: Three Generations

Malen in Dresden: Drei Generationen

(GDR, 1989, dir. Rainer Burmeister, 22 min., color, doc., EN VO)

Dresden: A world city of the arts with a long tradition and an artistic center in the GDR. This 1989 short—featuring Theodor Rosenbauer, Max Uhlig and Wolfgang Smy—was produced on behalf of the East German Ministry of Culture for an exhibition in the USA.


The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.