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A journey into contemporary German history

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Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Berlinische Galerie are showing a comprehensive exhibition of photography in the former GDR. Under the title "Geschlossene Gesellschaft" ('Closed Society'), the exhibition highlights the different photographic movements and traditions, as well as illustrating the changes in the visual language and photographic themes.

The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to the high volume of work created by socially motivated photographers, whose images were designed to be a truthful representation of social conditions. The second section illustrates a photographic tradition which was based on the modernist style of the 1920s, and which was then abandoned for the next twenty years. The third section shows the work of the young photographers who had broken with the world views of their fathers' generation: The end of the Closed Society was approaching.

Further information at: www.berlinischegalerie.de

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