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On the occasion of the gallery tour Charlottenwalk through Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Brockstedt Gallery invites you to the exhibition "The New Freedom", abstraction in painting and sculpture - works from 1917 to 2022.The exhibition includes a selection of 45 exhibits by around 30 different, international artists from the gallery's holdings, who express themselves in a non-representational manner, i.e. "abstract" in the broadest sense.

Maria Brockstedt/Sarah Schumann, Uruk, 1958, 85 x 119 cm, Öl auf Leinwand
Maria Brockstedt/Sarah Schumann, Uruk, 1958, 85 x 119 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Nicolai Stephan/Lüneburg

The diversity of styles and techniques on the subject of abstraction in this exhibition is impressive.


Starting with the Eastern European avant-garde and its representatives - such as Kandinsky, Malevich and El Lissitzky - the new freedom in art found its starting point throughout Europe before the Second World War. After suppression, persecution and professional bans during the Nazi era, it led to the new freedom of art in Western Europe after 1945.

Quickly, the magic of abstraction became a political issue in the Cold War between East and West and is known today as the Formalism Debate. Under pressure from the Soviet Union, Socialist Realism prevailed in the GDR and the other Warsaw Pact states, whereas abstraction became the dominant style in art in Western Europe and the United States.


The exhibition considers a broad spectrum of different expressive possibilities in the field of abstraction - from the massive gestural in the informal painting of the 1950s to strictly geometric forms. But action painting and two-dimensional color field painting also find their place in the exhibition.

The many individual possibilities of the pre-war years, which are known today under the keywords Informel, Tachism, Cubism, Constructivism, Suprematism, Proun, Bauhaus, De Stijl and Surrealist Automatism, are taken up again and again by contemporary artists, so that in the current exhibition of the Brockstedt Gallery a juxtaposition is offered.

  • Tue - Fri 12pm - 6pm + Sat 11am - 2pm and n.d.

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Participating artists
Willi Baumeister
Carl Buchheister
Walter Dexel
Otto Freundlich
Elana Gutmann
Volkmar Haase
Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Vilmos Huszár
Callum Innes
Floris Jespers
Paul Joostens
Dirk Koning
Hannah Kosnick-Kloss
Ulrich Lindow
Lou Loeber
Jupp Linssen
Thilo Maatsch
Maria Brockstedt/Sarah Schumann
Rudolf Mauke
Henri Pfeiffer
Karl-Peter Röhl
Gust Romijn
Mark Safan
Lothar Schreyer
Kurt Schwitters
Shmuel Shapiro
Victor Vasarely
Kaifan Wang
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