Since the Reunification, German art has been the subject of several reevaluations, but most studies tend to focus on the relationship between East and West Germany and the Cold War. Although it is difficult to escape this political and ideological framework and consider German art outside its relationships to the Soviet Union and the United States, scholars are beginning to reassess the significance of German art in its broader geographical and philosophical context. What were its connections to other national art scenes, particularly within Europe? Which historical events and social factors affected artists, beyond WWII and the ideological divide? Taking on these questions and others, our panel seeks to provide a comprehensive picture of postwar art in East and West Germany by placing artists production in a larger cultural and art historical perspective. We invite papers that consider any aspect of the visual arts in both Germanys since 1945. Proposals addressing German contributions to major postwar trends and practices, especially those that have not yet received the attention they deserve, are encouraged. Ultimately, our ambition is to bring together historians of German art to take stock of current scholarship, survey the field, and open up new avenues for future research.
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