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Expansion of the Combat Zone

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Following their last two exhibitions – Modern Times (1900-1945) and Divided Sky (1945-1968) – the New National Gallery now addresses the years between 1968 and 2000.

The exhibition title – Expansion of the Combat Zone – was taken from the novel 'Extension du domaine de la lutte' by Michel Houellebecq. Published in the mid-nineties, the novel captures the zeitgeist of a generation shaped by the pursuits of capitalism, who perceives its entire existence as a battle field with ever-shifting fronts.

With a selection of high-profile artworks, the exhibition investigates the nature of 'combat zones' in the widest sense of the word: exploring not only major political themes, but also the conflicts and limits of art. Expansion of the Combat Zone also highlights the expansion of artistic boundaries that took place during the period from 1968 to 2000 thanks to the inclusion of new media such as photography, video, performance, object and conceptual art.

The exhibition includes core pieces by Barnett Newman, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Katharina Sieverding, Werner Tübke, Rebecca Horn, Andreas Gursky and Wolfgang Tillmans.

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