Since the merger of the Berlin districts in 2001, it has been operating under the name of the new large district as the Pankow Art Collection and has taken up the works of art from Alt-Pankow and Weißensee that still existed at that time. The word "still" makes it clear that a considerable number of important works were lost between 1989 and 2001 because there was no initiative comparable to Prenzlauer Berg to safeguard them. Works are still found in the abandonment of rooms or the dissolution of institutions. For example, early works by Brigitte Handschick (1939-1994), Hans-Otto Schmidt, Dieter Goltzsche and Claus Weidensdorfer, which can now be seen in this exhibition, were secured when the cellar of the Prenzlauer Berg district library was cleared in 2013. On this occasion, there were also sheets by Heinrich Burkhardt (1904-1985), in whose Pankow studio the famous "Nude Drawing in Pankow" took place in the 1960s, which founded the "Berlin School" - known by Lothar Lang as the "Berliner Schule" - which would perhaps be better characterized as the East Berlin Secession.
The current show with new acquisitions since 2006 presents a selection of around 100 works by more than 50 artists. It provides an insight into Berlin art from the 1920s to the present day. In the works of Herbert Behrens-Hangeler and Egmont Schaefer, as well as those of Herbert Tucholski and Werner Gilles, the attentive visitor will be able to discover a common artistic line to the present day. In the 30th year of the "Peaceful Revolution," this exhibition is not least a reminder that Berlin and the district of Pankow, which is steadily growing in population, owe their appeal to their artists to a great extent. With Hölderlin, it relies on the fact that art is also an enlightening and essential carrier of memory for future generations.
With works by, among others: Rolf Lindemann (1933-2017), Monika Maurer-Morgenstern, Monika Meiser, Harald Metzkes, Franz Mutzenbecher (1880-1968), Charlotte E. Pauly (1886-1981), Uwe-Jens Raddatz (1957-2011), Denise Richardt, Karl Richter (1927-1959), Klaus Roenspieß, Horst Sagert (1934-2014), Becky Sandstede (1909-1999), Egmont Schaefer (1908-2004), Karin Sakrowski, Hans-Otto Schmidt, Karin Schwedersky, Jochen Senger (1929-2016), Katharina Spann, Margot Sperling, Barbara Camilla Tucholski, Herbert Tucholski (1896-1984), Max Uhlig, Hans Vent (1934-2018), Heidi Vogel, Corinna Voißel, Veronika Wagner, Kurt Wanski (1922-2012), Claus Weidensdorfer
In addition, we are showing a selection from the project "Mail Art - 20 years since the fall of the wall" initiated by Lutz Wohlrab and Uwe Warnke and donated to the
Pankow Art Collection.