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Exhibition Detail
De-Natured: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger, Selections from the James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection,
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

September 21st, 2012 - December 9th, 2012
September 21st, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Untitled (Mönchengladbach 1992) ; James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection, Sigmar PolkeSigmar Polke,
Untitled (Mönchengladbach 1992) ; James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection,
1993, offset photolithograph, reworked with felt tip pen; published by Museumsverein Mönchengladbach
© Courtesy of the artist and The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Tue, Sat-Sun 10-5; Wed-Fri 10-8

In the late 20th century, artists working in both the former East and West Germany were finding meaningful ways to address both the past and the present in their artworks. Even when it was not directly or overtly political, German art created 20 to 60 years after the end of World War II has been informed by a climate of political division (until 1989) and the specter of history.

De-Natured presents the varied work of ten German artists from the mid-1960s into the first decade of the 21st century. Including a variety of media, the exhibition brings together diverse works by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Martin Kippenberger, Andreas Gursky, Hanne Darboven, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth.

Organized and circulated by the Ackland Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding provided by the William Hayes Ackland Trust.

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