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Sixty years. Sixty works

Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

This year the Federal Republic of Germany is commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the ratification of its constitution. The exhibition shows milestones of German post-war art - painting, sculpture, photography and installation - from 1949 until 2009. A board of experts has focused on 60 major works from six decades, for example by Stephan Balkenhol, Georg Baselitz, Willi Baumeister, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gotthard Graubner, Andreas Gursky, Georg Herold, Rebecca Horn, Jorg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger

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This year the Federal Republic of Germany is commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the ratification of its constitution. In honor of this jubilee, the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin will present the exhibition "SIXTY YEARS. SIXTY WORKS. Art from the Federal Republic of Germany" from May 1 to June 14. On view will be 60 works of art including paintings, sculpture, photography and installations created by the most influential German artists since 1949.

The exhibition recounts the history of the Federal Republic of Germany through the aesthetic phenomena of the visual arts and takes as its theme the guarantee of freedom of expression in paragraph 5, article 3 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany. As orientation for visitors, a time line featuring sixty monitors will recall actual political and social events that significantly impacted on each of the six decades. Interactive terminals will also provide information on the relevant artistic events of the last sixty years.

Professor Bazon Brock will conduct his "action teaching" seminars daily throughout the exhibition. Originally developed for documenta 4 in 1968, these seminars and in-depth guided tours aim to cultivate an appreciation of art in a broad range of visitors.

A catalogue will be published featuring reproductions of all the exhibited works as well as essays by well-known authors situating the exhibition in its proper historical context.

The exhibition is an initiative of The Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn (Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. Bonn) and BILD, Germany's largest daily paper. Major funding has been provided by the gas and electric utility company RWE. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Participating Artists: Kai Althoff, Horst Antes, Stephan Balkenhol, Georg Baselitz, Willi Baumeister, Christiane Baumgartner, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Walter Dahn / Jiří Dokoupil, Hanne Darboven, Günther Förg, Rupprecht Geiger, Isa Genzken, K.O. Götz, Bruno Goller, Gotthard Graubner, Andreas Gursky, Hans Hartung, Eberhard Havekost, Werner Heldt, Georg Herold, Gerhard Hoehme, Karl Hofer, Candida Höfer, Rebecca Horn, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Konrad Klapheck, Imi Knoebel, Norbert Kricke, Markus Lüpertz, Heinz Mack, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Jonathan Meese, Olaf Metzel, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Carsten Nicolai, Marcel Odenbach, Albert Oehlen, Palermo, A. R. Penck, Otto Piene, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, Tobias Rehberger, Daniel Richter, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Bernard Schultze, Emil Schumacher, Thomas Schütte, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Günther Uecker, Hans Uhlmann, Franz Erhard Walther, Corinne Wasmuht, Wols.

Curated by Prof. Dr. Götz Adriani, Dr. Robert Fleck, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gohr, Prof. Peter Iden, Susanne Kleine, Ingrid Mössinger, Prof. Dr. Dieter Ronte, Dr. Frank Schmidt and Dr. h.c. Walter Smerling in collaboration with Prof. Bazon Brock, Laszlo Glozer, Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, and Professor Dr. Matthias Winzen

Image: Nay, E.R., Stellar chromatisch, 1955, Ernst Wilhelm Nay Stiftung

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Press conference: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 3 pm
Opening: Thursday, April 30, 5 pm (invitation only)

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Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

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