Picturing Socialism: the Art and Design of East Germany’s Public Spaces.

Jenkins, Jessica ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2295-5871 (2020) Picturing Socialism: the Art and Design of East Germany’s Public Spaces. Bloomsbury Visual Arts . Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781350067141

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Abstract / Summary

This history of the murals, applied arts and design of the public spaces of the former German Democratic Republic reveals a barely known, but visually and theoretically rich cultural legacy. It shows how art, craft, design and architecture made up a terrain of a sustained struggle between practitioners and political leaders. This was not the oft assumed conflict between artistic freedom and political dogma. At stake was the self-identity of the socialist republic; art and architecture functioned as the testing ground for East Germany’s ideological formation and development. The visual arts in architectural spaces were not simply viewed as pedagogical tools, but were charged with defining fundamental differences between the East German state and its affluent Capitalist neighbour, the Federal Republic.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual Arts, Public Space, East Germany, Socialism, Modernism, Socialist Realism.
ISBN: 9781350067141
Subjects: Arts > Architecture
Arts > Decorative Art
Arts > Graphic Arts
Arts > Historical
Geography & Environment > International
Arts > Landscape & Area Planning
Arts > Fine Art
Arts > Symbolism, allegory, myth & legend
Courses by Department: The School of Communication > Graphic Design
Depositing User: Jessica Jenkins
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 15:43
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2020 01:31
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/3388

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