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Stefan Moses: Arbeiter im Tagebau, Fotografie, 1991 © Else Bechteler-Moses
Stefan Moses: Arbeiter im Tagebau, Fotografie, 1991 © Else Bechteler-Moses © Else Bechteler-Moses

Stefan Moses - farewell and beginning. East German portraits 1989-1990

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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution, the Bröhan Museum is showing the exhibition "Stefan Moses - Farewell and Beginning".

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Bröhan-Museum

Schloßstraße 1A 14059  Berlin


In the phase of upheaval in 1989/90, Munich-based photographer Stefan Moses seized the opportunity to use his series "Abschied und Anfang" ("Farewell and Beginning") to portray the GDR population and set a photographic monument for a changing society.

At last, unhindered by the GDR regime, Moses was able to extend his series to the Germans in the east of the country.

His photographs still convey that reunification was not just about politics. For despite the visible scars of the past and the knowledge of a conflict-filled future, they focus on sympathy, identification and humanity. When Moses "Ostdeutsche Portraits" were shown for the first time in Berlin at the German Historical Museum in 1991, they were artistic reporting, in 1999 they were already a cultural basis for reflection. And today, at a time when walls are once again being discussed, their time and boundless meaning is revealed.

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