19 February-13 June 2010. Throughout history, art has been associated with power. While today's millionaire anthropologists generously support the arts, some critics argue that their reasons for doing so are disingenuous - with their patronage comes prestige, and adulation from the intellectual elite. Many artworks have become a status symbol for society's 'stars', a trophy for the wealthy.
In post-war Germany there was a strong desire to move away from the sinister past, and, in terms of art, to embrace that which was previously banned or burnt. Representatives of commerce and politics embraced the celebrity of art. This exhibition illustrates their story with paintings and photographs.
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Displaying Power: Art as Strategy of Rule
Deutsches Historisches Museum, (German Historical Museum), Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin. Tel: +49 (0)30 203040 www.dhm.de