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  • Lothar Zitzmann, Frauen der Welt (Women of the World), 1974, oil on board, 63 × 76 3⁄8". From “East German Painting and Sculpture 1949–1990.”

    “East German Painting and Sculpture 1949–1990”

    Albertinum

    Little is truly permanent in a museum’s permanent collection. Holdings wax and wane; new works are purchased each year, old ones sold off to fund new accessions. Sometimes, politics intervene. Western museums face increasing pressure to return antiquities seized illegally or under colonial duress; the call for such repatriation echoes efforts to restore Nazi-looted art to descendants of its original, Jewish owners.

    Both the precarity and polemics of museological “permanence” are highlighted in an excellent showcase of East German painting and sculpture at Dresden’s Albertinum, one of the leading

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