Berlinottanta revisits an experience that made a huge impact on the results of contemporary art and that centred on a city with infinite historical, political, ideological and existential repercussions. Alberto Fiz.
“Not only is Berlin, torn apart and split in two, the place where art changed, it has often also become the object of pictorial investigation, helping to highlight once again the relevance of painting seen as a project around which identity develops”. Seventy works were selected among great paintings, drawings and mixed media, all from the 1980s and all by artists who, in that period and in that highly particular cultural and existential context, identified with painting and used it as their language of choice for their narration and self revelation. Completing the exhibition is a selection of multimedia testimonies centred on Berlin that includes photography, films and underground music. Also on show are rare film experiments conducted by Fetting and Middendorf as well as works produced by well-known Berlin groups such as OYKO and filmmakers such as Michael Brynntrup. There are also original photographs by Ann Jud, Manfred Hamm and Rolf Von Bergmann, and screenings by Ulrike Ottinger and Helga Reidemeister plus the famous 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire.