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Humpty Dumpty's Kaleidoscope: a new generation of German artists

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


07 Oct 1992 to 28 Feb 1993


Eberhard Bosslet, Monika Brandmeir, Elke Denda, Maria Eichhorn, Andreas Ginkel, Ulrich Görlich, Thomas Grünfeld, Ingo Günther, Fritz Heisterkamp, Christoph Hildebrand, Candida Höfer, Nina Hoffmann, Kaesberg, Karin Kneffel, Anne Loch, Thomas Locher, Maix Mayer, Stefan Nestler, Olaf Nicolai, Heike Pallanca, Herman Pitz, Wolfgang Robbe, Frank Theil


Bernice Murphy

About the exhibition

Humpty Dumpty’s Kaleidoscope presented the work of 24 artists from east and west Germany, whose diverse bodies of works expressed the polyform character of a new generation of German artists. This exhibition was the first major monographic survey of contemporary German art in Australia and focused on a generation of artists largely unknown to Australian audiences.

The exhibition began development before the institution of the MCA, and by the time the MCA building opened in 1991 the Berlin Wall had fallen and Germany was experiencing a social and political upheaval that influenced a generation of emerging artists. The exhibition sought to capture this mood, with the title directly referencing the fall of the wall and the disorienting effect on society. Works in the exhibition addressed Germany’s recent political history, confronting and attempting to deal with its disturbing history to move on towards the future.