Stuttgart

“Kunstler aus Kanada”

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

A show of East German paintings opened here just a few days before the Canadian installations. The museum is shaped a bit like a dumbbell, with a long corridor connecting two massive rooms, and a strange polarity was created by the two simultaneous exhibitions: between a lost national unity and a lost colony, East meets West. Curator Tilman Osterwold chose to hang the color-photo sequence Standing Up, by Canadians Karl Beveridge and Carole Conde, where the two shows met, in the lounge in the corridor; the piece is about the birth of a labor union in a small-town Ontario factory employing almost solely women. Osterwold’s neat suture sealed the equation the two shows created together by eliding the Eastern-bloc situation with current socialist struggle in Western countries—as if East Germans were merely victims of misguided idealist belief and artists like Beveridge and Conde were unwittingly

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