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Fun on the Titanic: Underground Art and the East German State

decoration16 Jan. 2015|11 April 2015
Behind the Iron Curtain, a generation of poets, artists, musicians, and performers turned their backs on the promise of “really existing socialism” and official culture in the East German state. In back-courtyard apartments, private studios, and workshops, they created a space for free creative expression that (they hoped) might elude the dictates, police, and policy-makers of the Communist regime, which they viewed as a dead end for culture, or—in the prescient metaphor of the poet “Matthias” Baader Holst - a sinking ship.
 
Fun on the Titanic explores the creative diversity and exuberant performativity of culture nurtured behind closed doors by the East German underground of the 1980s.

(Picture: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

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16 Jan. 2015|11 April 2015
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New Haven, CT
( UNITED STATES )
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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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