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Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany. Saatchi Gallery, 18 November – 30 April 2012, London

Author: Anothertravelguide.com

As has been its habit lately, London's Saatchi Gallery continues to focus on art created in a specific geographic region or country. In this case, 107 works by 24 artists have been chosen to represent the German contemporary art scene. As the objective of the new exhibition, the press release cites a desire to define the status of Germany in the context of European contemporary art by demonstrating its influence and ambitions. Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery, emphasises the regional aspect featuring in the selection of the works: alongside Berlin, the German capital, which could be considered the epicentre of German contemporary art, a significant part in the development of the art process has been historically played by Düsseldorf and Cologne, Bremen, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Aside from the German artists, a number of Norwegians permanently residing in the country are also represented at the show. While most of the exhibited artists are not internationally famous, some of the names - the likes of Isa Genzken and Georg Herold - are immediately recognised as representatives of German art. The show is conceptually centred on the term Gesamtkunstwerk originally introduced by the composer Richard Wagner to denote the ideal (absolute) work of art created as a result of synthesis of diverse phenomena (poetry, music, visual art, etc.) into a single entity.

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