The bronze sculpture Jean Cocteau ernaments the invitation card for the exhibition Arno Breker in Schwerin". The Ministry of Culture of the German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern supports the presentation of works of the most significant sculptor of the Classical tradition of the 20th century. The exhibition starts on July 21, 2006. The Museum Europäische Kunst at the Nörvenich Castle near Cologne has made the bronze sculpture Jean Cocteau--The Prophet" from 1964 available on loan.
Schwerin/Berlin (bpb) The Sculptor Arno Breker" is the title of an exhibition which is supported by the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture of the German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The presentation of the works of the most significant sculptor of the Classical tradition of the 20th century can be seen for the next 3 months at the Schleswig-Holstein-Haus of the state capital. The exhibition starts on July 21, 2006. The Minister of Culture, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Robert Metelmann is the most prominent speaker at the opening.
The Museum of European Art at the Nörvenich Castle near Cologne belongs to those who have lent 70 works of art for this official exhibition. It is under the patronage of the Mayor of Schwerin, Norbert Claussen and present the life and work of the artist who had been also celebrated during the Third Reich. The curator Rudolf Conrades is the initiator of an exhibition catalog for for occasion.
The exhibition under the patronage of the Mayor of Schwerin, Hermann Junghans will present for discussion the life and work of an artist who had been also celebrated during the Third Reich, explained the curator Rudolf Conrades. He is preparing an exhibition catalog for this occasion.
The director for international relations of the European Art Foundation, B. John Zavrel commented that the example of the state capital should be above all followed by the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Property. The epochal artist should not continue to be ignored by the official cultural organizations in Germany 61 years after the end of World War II.
"The German government of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Minister of Culture Bernd Neumann have in this case a great responsibility not to continue to deny the citizens access to the works of artists of all eras", said Zavrel. Politicians in Germany should not only support the Freedom of the Arts, which is guaranteed in Germany's constitution, but also they themselves should practice it.
Works of Arno Breker are permanently on exhibition at the museum of the artist. The museum's website is at www.museum-arno-breker.org
The exhibition in Schwerin was prepared already in the year 2004 with the European Art Foundation for 2005. The cultural official of Schwerin, Hermann Junghaus decided to postpone the exhibition. He was afraid that in the year 2005, the "60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Germany from the NS Rule", such an exhibition might have been perceived as provocative. (10.7.06)
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin for Art, News, Politics and Science. Nr. 109, JULY 2006