Subculture in West and East Germany in the 1980s
In the early 1980s Germany, an artistic alternative scene arose that, with protest and provocation, gained international renown and recognition. Its protagonists did not strive for virtuosic skill but were self-organised and fundamentally do-it-yourself. They underpinned their desire for a radical break by founding their own record labels, magazines, galleries and clubs.
The exhibition, conceived by the Goethe-Institut, consists of a multimedia presentation in which the scene’s protagonists have their own say.
At the Albertinum in Dresden, the exhibition – first shown at the Haus der Kunst in Munich and at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg – is specifically enhanced to focus on the East German scene. It centres on the punk and performance scene, such as bands, visual artists and filmmakers. The activities by some art students at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (Cornelia Schleime
, Ralf Kerbach
and others, the band Zwitschermaschine
) as well as the two-day festival Intermedia I, which took place in June 1985 in Coswig near Dresden, are of particular interest.
In this way, Brilliant Dilettantes enables insights into the diverse interconnections of the actors and between East and West Germany.