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Upcoming exhibition

from 7.3.2022 to 30.4.2022 in the Lobby adjacent to Robert‑Havemann‑Hall
Weekdays from 12:00 pm bis 03:00 pm, please contact the administration shortly before

Between Eternal Youth and Transience. Representations of Women in French Cemeteries

Graveyard photography

Upcoming exhibition
© Yvonne Schwarz / Semiramis PhotoArt

Radiating in the full strength and beauty of their youth, female figures have increasingly adorned the graves of wealthy deceased persons in Europe since the 19th century. The woman, used in Christian art since the 14th century as a metaphor for human transience, stands in drastic contrast to the grave that surrounds her and objectifies death. More than a representation of the contrast between life and death, however, this depiction can also be read as an encoding of the two drives of Eros and Thanatos, conceived together by Sigmund Freud. In the 19th and 20th centuries, (mostly) male artists gave the motif of the mourner a strong erotic charge by slipping garments in their depictions or leaving the female breasts completely uncovered. Some also concentrated only on a headless female torso. The statues are consistently young women who correspond to the respective ideal of beauty of their time. The representation of femininity in (Christian) cemeteries is thus also a mirror for the societal, male-dominated view of women and invites reflection on sepulchral culture.

The photo artist Semiramis has been documenting the (eroticized) representation of women in cemeteries for several years. Especially the Parisian cemeteries, where in the 19th century the artistic design of one's own grave became a status symbol, she has often found, but she has also captured motifs in other major and small European cities.

Info on the artist:

Website: https://www.semiramis-photoart.de

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mlle.YvonneSchwarz

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/semiramisphotoart/

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Web: www.semiramis-photoart.de

Organiser: Semiramis PhotoArt

Events within the framework of this exhibition:

Monday, 7.3.2022 um 18:30 Uhr, Robert-Havemann-Hall

Representations of women in the sepulchral culture


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Taken from the classical dance of death motif, the depiction of mourners in Christian sepulchral culture experienced a strong erotic connotation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Parallel to the literary development - especially in France connected with authors like Charles Baudelaire - death and eroticism in the sense of Eros and Thanatos ...

Last exhibition

from 11.11.2021 to 30.11.2021 in the Lobby adjacent to Robert‑Havemann‑Hall

The short autumn of utopia 1989


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from 11.11.2021 to 30.11.2021 in the Lobby adjacent to Robert‑Havemann‑Hall

The short autumn of utopia 1989


Last exhibition

With each passing year, the GDR becomes grayer, its end more inevitable and the events of 1989 more unambiguous. Candles - demos - fall of the wall and that was all? Or was there something else? The exhibition "The Short Autumn of Utopia," realized in 1999, takes precisely this question as its starting point when it focuses on the utopian moment of the autumn of 1989.

Because after decades of nothing going on before and not too much after, there was this intermediate phase, this brief moment in which so much seemed possible. This moment is the focus of the exhibition, with all its peculiarities. The exhibition focuses on the history of the opposition groups, their relationship to the Ausreise movement, the development of the demonstrations, and their attitudes toward the SED and the state apparatus. Who archives, documents and dominates the "Wendegedächtnis"?

The exhibition was designed and conceived by people and groups who themselves made history in a committed and contentious way in '89. It is therefore not only based on generally accessible archive materials, but supplements these with original documents, photos and authentic working materials of the opposition, such as samizdat and flyers. Above all, the contradiction between the central result of the development, the accession to the scope of the Basic Law, and the motives of the protagonists of 1989 will be made clear.

The exhibition is part of the public debate about the representation and assessment of the GDR and its end. The representatives of the GDR opposition were politically marginalized in the process of unification; however, it is worthwhile to remember their work in an unagitated way, especially against the background of their initial successes as well as their failures. The goal is an unsentimental as well as provisional résumé of the events of 1989.

Organiser: Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte

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