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tranzit.hu presents: Architecture-Related Art in the GDR and the Concept of Art and Living

Public lecture of Anja Jackes in the framework of Patterns Lectures

Time: November 26, 2012, 6 pm

Venue MAYAKOVSKY 102, the open office of tranzit. hu (1068 Budapest, Király u 102.)

PATTERNS Lectures – a programme initiated by ERSTE Foundation – encourages the development of new university courses in the fields of art history, cultural theory, and cultural studies in Central and South Eastern Europe. The Patterns-course The Inheritance and Transformation of Socialist Realist Forms of Expression in Hungarian Contemporary Art – A Comparative-critical Survey held at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Department of Art Theory and Curatorial Studies, aims to provide an insight into the history of socialist realism, to give an overview of the cultural and visual paradigms and to also focus on the contemporary phenomenon. Anja Jackes is the first guest-lecturer of the course, her open lecture will take place within the framework of Patterns Lectures.
The course is led by Edina Nagy

Anja Jackes studied Art History, Classic Archaeology and Oriental Archaeology in Halle (Saale), Groningen and Rome. She currently works as a curator of exhibitions at the Chair of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage ( UNESCO), University of Paderborn. Within the framework of her dissertation, she is dedicating herself to the study of architecture-dependent art and the synthesis of art and architecture in GDR using the example of the socialist model town of Halle-Neupapstadt.

Architecture-Related Art in GDR and the Concept of Art and Living

Commissioned by the state, numerous architecture-dependent art works for public buildings, streets and public squares were realised in GDR. With this scheme, the state wanted to promote an appreciation of artistic matters amongst the population and to bridge the so-called 'gap between art and the people'. Yet especially from the 1960s onwards, the ideologists pursued a strategy of creating a material as well as an immaterial framework for the new socialist human through an innovative integrated concept for environmental design in which art is an essential component. In this context, art was exploited as a carrier of ideology for communicating topics relevant to the state in order to advance the genesis of a socialist way of life. The lecture will present an exemplary overview of significant stages in the development of architecture-related art in the public sphere with particular consideration given to monumental mural art.

Image: "Building of the republic" by Max Lingner, mural painting at the former "House of Ministries" of the GDR. The painting was made in 1950-1953. Partial view.

Foto: Manfred Brückels