Our future special exhibitions
Alfred Hrdlicka. Like a Dance of Death — The Events of July 20 1944 | June 22 — August 27 2017
Alfred Hrdlicka (1928-2009) experienced the terror of the Nazi era first-hand in his childhood and youth. The Nazi crimes are a major theme in the work of the Viennese artist. “Like a Dance of Death – the Events of 20 July 1944” is one of his most powerful works. Made up of 53 etchings, the cycle revolves around the failed attempt by the conspirators led by Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg to assassinate Hitler. Besides this specific historical event, the series is also an uncompromising condemnation of Prussian militarism. Rich in historical references, Hrdlicka warns on the one hand against “false role models”, while on the other turning against the cult of masculinity, the megalomania and barbarism of militarism. The result is a series of dark and foreboding etchings with at times drastic portrayals of cruelty and violence, to which Hrdlicka then lends a further level of meaning by adding commentary texts. The series is thus at the same time a complex homage to masterworks of European art history with similar motifs (Goya or Dix for example), a programmatic contribution to art post-1968 and a critical comment on Germany’s politics of remembrance.
Hrdlicka, who vehemently advocated an expressive figurative art that carried a political message, was continuously a target of hostility for his convictions and commitment – and yet he remained critical and defiant all his life.
Keeping the Memory Alive. Slave and forced labourers of the Third Reich from Poland 1939–1945 | September 14 — October 29 2017
The exhibition “Keeping the Memory Alive. Slave and forced labourers of the Third Reich from Poland 1939–1945” will open on September 13. Focusing on the fates of individuals, the exhibition depicts the inhumane system of forced labour. Drawing on a variety of source materials such as photos, documents and narratives, the reconstructed biographies testify to the exploitation and suffering endured by the almost three million slave and forced labourers under the Nazi regime. The history of the former forced labourer camp preserved in Neuaubing will also be presented. The exhibition will be realised in cooperation with the Foundation “Polish-German Reconciliation” and the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre Berlin-Schöneweide.
Never Again. Back Again. Still There. Right-Wing Extremism in Germany since 1945 | November 23 2017 — February 18 2018
In November 2017 the Documentation Centre is presenting a special exhibition on right-wing extremism. The exhibition traces the lines of development, the key events and important figures active for the extreme right since 1945. Munich and Bavaria are the focal point of attention. What elements make up the inhumane and antidemocratic ideology of right-wing extremism? To what extent do some of these elements appeal to the mainstream of society? The exhibition explores these and other topical questions.