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One Day. Two Museums, Four Exhibitions, One Lecture and a bit of Shopping Part Two

Having a bit of time to kill before going to a lecture on Viking Art, I decided to go and look at two other collections the British Museum have currently got on display.

‘Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation’ displays work by the East German artists, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, A R Penck, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. These artists grew up and came of age during the Second World War, witnessing the blitz in Germany and the division of their country by the Allies. These six artists came from East Germany, which was part of the Soviet Sector and soon became the Deutschland Democratic Republic and all six crossed to West Germany before the Eastern government clamped down on migration. Their work reflects not only the tyranny of Socialism but also their disapproval of Capitalist Western values.

‘Gems of Chinese Painting: A Voyage Along the Yangzi River’ shows a selection of paintings from the sixth to the nineteenth centuries of the Yangzi River in South-East China. There are landscape scenes and calligraphy that shows how one place can be shown in different styles. This is a preview to a major exhibition the museum is having later this year about the Ming Dynasty:

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