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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-07-10 12:00:00 KST

Art and Culture1
And now it's time for the arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. I hear she went to an exhibition of artworks from Germany. So let's bring Michelle out to the studio to hear what she has in store for us today

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So tell us about the exhibition you went to.

[Reporter : ] Friday was the big opening day for the "German Now" exhibition at the Seongnam Arts Center. I was able to see a range of German artworks, from historical works to very recent ones, and it was interesting to see the distinct styles of each artist as well as the social and political struggles the country faced in the post-reunification era.

Much has changed in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Reunification has not only brought about historic changes in the nation's political and financial landscape, it has also had a major influence on its art.

Now, a new exhibition at the Seongnam Arts Center aims to illustrate how artistic styles and techniques have changed over the years.

[Interview : Dimitri Hong, Chief Executive Officer
UNC Gallery] "German modern art has changed dramatically after the 90s and one of the main inspirations of the change was the reunification of Germany. During a period of time, critics claimed that German art was in a slump, but after the 90s, the public began to appreciate the traditional German art that infused with a more modern styleThe reason why we chose to hold this exhibition in Korea was that German art is not widely known here as it is in the U.S. or in Europe so we wanted to introduce the hottest German artists to the Korean public"

As Postmodernism took over in the 90s all over the world and the public distanced itself from the art world, the Leipzig School in Germany injected a renewed vitality to the art scene in both Europe and the United States with its direct yet artistic portrayals of society.

The painters of the Leipzig School had already gained fame in Western Europe in the 60s, with their realistic portrayals of fear, lust and the sense of helplessness felt by the German people.

These honest depictions of society allowed the public to more easily relate to many of their artworks, therefore increasing the desire for German artworks around the worldl.

From photographs to installation pieces, the exhibition offers a wide range of artworks for art lovers to enjoy.

Showing these artworks in Korea, the only divided country, conveys a meaningful message to Korean society.

The exhibition continues until September 2nd.
KOGL : Korea Open Government License
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