Stefan Moses: A Farewell and a New Start. East German Portraits, 1989–90

8 November 2019 - 12 March 2020

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To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution, Bröhan-Museum presents the exhibition Stefan Moses: A Farewell and a New Start. During the transitional period 1989/90, the Munich photographer Stefan Moses took the opportunity to portrait the East German population in this series of photographs and thus to set a monument to a society in transition. Finally without the hindrance of the GDR regime, Moses was able to expand his series to the East.

Reunification was by no means just about politics, and his photographs still show that today. Despite visible scars of the past and an awareness of a future rife with conflict, they focus on sympathy, identification, and humanity. When Moses presented his East German Portraits at Berlin’s German History Museum for the first time in 1991, they were a kind of artistic journalism: by 1999, they had already become the foundation for cultural reflection. And today, in a period when walls are again a topic of discussion, their relevance across time and borders is revealed.

Curator: Fabian Reifferscheidt M.A.
Advertising motif: Gerwin Schmidt, Munich
(c) photos Stefan Moses: Else Bechteler-Moses