The Cool and the Cold

Painting from the USA and the USSR 1960–1990

Gropius Bau

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Acryl on canvas, 177,8 x 152,4 cm © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler, courtesy: Kunstmuseum Basel, loan of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Stiftung

In the year marking the 30th anniversary of German reunification, the Gropius Bau will host a group exhibition uniting paintings created during the Cold War in both centres of global political power, including works by Andy Warhol, Il’ja Kabakov, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Erik Bulatov.

Titled "The Cool and the Cold. Painting from the USA and the USSR 1960–1990. Ludwig Collection", the exhibition puts into relation works by Andy Warhol, Il’ja Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Lee Lozano, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Viktor Pivovarov, Natal’ja Nesterova and Ivan Čujkov featured in the Ludwig Collection. Peter and Irene Ludwig were among the first European collectors of American pop art and art from the Soviet Union; their extensive collection thus makes possible critically juxtaposing works from both sides of the East-West conflict. The exhibition at the Gropius Bau examines how artists reacted to the political and aesthetic questions of their time and negotiated ideas of individual and societal freedom. In the dialogue between three decades of conceptual art and pop art, art becomes legible as an expression of and commentary on ideologies.

Curated by Benjamin Dodenhoff and Brigitte Franzen
Organised in cooperation with the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation

Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

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10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 21:00
Friday - Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
Last entry
30 min. before closing time
1. January
10:00 - 19:00
24. December
31. December
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15,00 €

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