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Guided tour

In the middle of the political "Tauwetter-Periode” (thaw period), the master students of the German Akademie der Künste celebrate carnival in the coal cellar in 1957 and 1958.

Akademie der Künste, Bilderkeller, im Vordergrund Wandbild von Harald Metzkes und Manfred Böttcher
Akademie der Künste, Bilderkeller, im Vordergrund Wandbild von Harald Metzkes und Manfred Böttcher VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 Foto: Andreas FranzXaver Süß

The works by the master students Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder, Werner Stötzer and Horst Zickelbein are unique testimonies to a youthful post-war awakening. In an exhibition initiated by Fritz Cremer, the works of the carnival painters provided the occasion for the climax of a cultural-political campaign against the Akademie in the GDR. As if in a burning glass, the murals reflect the controversial discussion between East and West and the need for a differentiated interpretation of German-German history in a European context.

The Picture Cellar was only made public in 2018. Besides the exhibition halls and the Brandenburg Gate, the murals are the only original remnants of the historic Pariser Platz.

Interview films, audio documents and a publication in German and English provide insights into the disputes of the time.

Guided tours in English with registration: kunstwelten@adk.de
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Price: €6.00

Reduced price: €4.00
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