Back in the GDR: Peeking Under the Iron Curtain - Art Exhibition - Michael Reid Gallery

Back in the GDR: Peeking Under the Iron Curtain

21 Jan - 20 Feb 2021

Back in the GDR: Peeking Under the Iron Curtain is a collaborative exhibition between our Sydney & Berlin galleries, born from a 2012 visit to the German capital by Chairman Michael Reid. A self-confessed & fervent historian, Michael visited a photography exhibition, the first of its kind, a comprehensive survey of photographs from 34 photographers during the German Democratic Republic (1949-1989).

This collection of images, documenting the everyday lives and goings on of East Germans in the GDR, had such a profound effect that Michael & former Berlin Gallery Director Laura Thompson began collecting photographs from the era. Often anonymous photographers capturing personal moments, this assemblage of physical photographs is shared in this online exhibition: ‘Back in the GDR’.

Read Chairman Michael Reid OAM’s essay on the exhibition here.

Read former Michael Reid Berlin Director Laura Thompson’s exhibition essay here.

  • Artist unknown
    National People’s Army soldier & calisthenics with chair, date unknown

    27 × 24 cm
    $420
  • Artist unknown
    Calisthenics to accordion music II, date unknown

    23 × 26 cm
    $380
  • Artist unknown
    Calisthenics to accordion music I, date unknown

    23 × 26 cm
    $380
  • Artist unknown
    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Winter, GDR, date unknown

    6 × 9 cm

    SOLD

  • Artist unknown
    Telecommunications group, date unknown

    23 × 23 cm
    $300
  • Artist unknown
    Triumph of the Sky, date unknown

    25 × 27 cm

    SOLD

  • Artist unknown
    Beach Guard Calisthenics, date unknown

    10 × 7 cm

    SOLD

  • Artist unknown
    France Football in the GDR, 1963

    30 × 35 cm
    $420
  • Helfried Strauß
    Always Watching, date unknown

    32 × 39 cm

    SOLD

  • Thomas Kläber Cottbus
    Mens Hens, date unknown

    32 × 39 cm
    $420
  • Thomas Kläber Cottbus
    The Dance, date unknown

    34 × 39 cm

    SOLD

  • Thomas Kläber Cottbus
    The Kiss, date unknown

    18 × 24 cm
    $380
  • Thomas Kläber Cottbus
    The Tour de No Where, date unknown

    31 × 39 cm
    $380
  • Thomas Kläber Cottbus
    Breakfast Friend I, date unknown

    39 × 32 cm
    $480
  • Thomas Kläber Cottbus
    Breakfast Friend II, date unknown

    33 × 40 cm
    $380
  • Helfried Strauß
    The Way of the Wind, date unknown

    33 × 40 cm

    SOLD

  • Artist unknown
    Beehive Roller, date unknown

    34 × 40 cm
    $420
  • Artist unknown
    Brandenburg gate with GDR flag, date unknown

    34 × 42 cm

    SOLD

  • Hans-Joachim Spremberg
    “Junge Pioniere” (Young Pioneers), date unknown

    47 × 56 cm
    $480
  • Hans-Joachim Spremberg
    Berlin Mitte, Rummelplatz, 1964, 1964

    57 × 47 cm

    SOLD

  • Hans-Joachim Spremberg
    Berlin Kettenkarussell, date unknown

    42 × 48 cm

    SOLD

  • Hans-Joachim Spremberg
    Berlin Friedrichsfelde, Hans Loch Viertel, 1967, 1967

    34 × 39 cm
    $400
  • Hans-Joachim Spremberg
    “Mädchen mit Kamera” (Girl with camera), 1964, 1964

    41 × 39 cm
    $600
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