Berlin

Der Riss im Raum

Gropius Bau

The difficulty with shows like “Der Riss im Raum: Positionen der Kunst seit 1945 in Deutschland, Polen, der Slowakei und Tschechien” (A split in the room: the positions of art since 1945 in Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics) is that they seldom live up to the expectations raised by their titles. There are too many works and too many issues to deal with; it is also very difficult to engage in a dialogue with art that still awaits a more serious critical response in the West (as is the case with work from Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and former East Germany). Attempts to address these problems often require a level of compromise that ultimately leads to a sense of dissatisfaction. Unfortunately, this show was no exception.

The exhibition included paintings, sculptures, installations, and video presentations by 49 artists. The show drew mostly from work done during

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