Yesterday, we walked from the KPM site to the Gropius site by way of the Tiergarten. Today we're taking the S Bahn to Potsdamer Platz. The goal is to see the cultural institutions in the Tiergarten that we have somehow avoided in past visits. We're off to the Neue Nationalgalerie which is ensconsed in a wonderful building by Mies Van der Rohe. There are two exhibitions that we want to see. The first is called Der geteilte Himmel (A divided Heaven) a look at the painting of East and West Germany immediately following the war, and the decades following. The second is "A Living Man Declared Dead and other Chapters" by Taryn Simon.
We start with the first, because we're not so certain that we want to see the second. What a disturbing exhibition this is!
The eastern group seems to offer a dim vision, as Wilhelm Lachnit's Gleiderpuppe well shows. People seem to be operating as automata as they relate to the things (the good things) of ordinary life. A more direct view, and one that condemns is Werner Tübke's