De-Natured: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger, Selections from the James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection

9/21/2012-12/9/2012
Main Gallery

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Mönchengladbach 1992), 1993, offset photolithograph, reworked with felt tip pen; published by Museumsverein Mönchengladbach; James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Mönchengladbach 1992), 1993, offset photolithograph, reworked with felt tip pen; published by Museumsverein Mönchengladbach; James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection. © 2012 The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

In the late 20th century, artists working in both the former East and West Germany were finding meaningful ways to address both the past and the present in their artworks. Even when it was not directly or overtly political, German art created 20 to 60 years after the end of World War II has been informed by a climate of political division (until 1989) and the specter of history.

De-Natured presents the varied work of ten German artists from the mid-1960s into the first decade of the 21st century. Including a variety of media, the exhibition brings together diverse works by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Martin Kippenberger, Andreas Gursky, Hanne Darboven, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth.

De-Natured is organized and circulated by the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with funding provided by the William Hayes Ackland Trust.

Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany Support for exhibition at the Block Museum is provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Evanston Arts Council, and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.