Inge Ellegaard, New York down town, 1983-85, 172 x 370 cm, ARoS
Before the Fall of the Wall
31. August – 5 January 2020
With works from the museum’s comprehensive collection of 1980s art, ARoS focuses on the creative explosion that took place in Danish painting in the years up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Those dramatic days in November 1989 meant a farewell to a world where two opposing ideologies had been set on a collision course for nearly half a century and had shrouded the world with a permanent terror of an all-encompassing atomic war.
The exhibition Before the Fall of the Wall showcases around 40 works, all created in the 1980s by leading artists such as Claus Carstensen, Inge Ellegaard, Erik A. Frandsen and Christian Lemmerz. During this period they took up painting again and celebrated the demise of the great narratives and messageless art. They thus allowed this revitalised art form to explode in a burst of colour and references pointing in all directions.
The exhibition also shows works of foreign artists such as Helmut Middendorf and Terry Atkinson. In contrast to the Danish art scene, which regarded the great political tensions in the world with apathy, the conflict between East and West is highly conspicuous in many of the foreign artworks shown here.