Mein Neues Deutschland

Destination Art, BBC’s television show on contemporary art visits Berlin, and this week a glimpse of the East German painter Norbert Bisky is highlighted. Mr. Biskey describes his work as an expulsion of thought, and that of his childhood memories under Communist rule, he says that his work represents a false promise of paradise.

These paintings are the results of an unified Germany, and where Mr. Biskey exaggerates his perception of the Aryan race. Although he denounces the stereotype image as a contradiction of the poly-culture which Berlin is today, in his painting, truth lies somewhere and his canvases shows his fixation on castration, male rivalry and the seductiveness of material want within the age of hip pop and urban street rituals affecting the youth, and particularly East Germans. Consumerism is rendered by the possession of Brands and by the idyllic compositions of semi-nude males portrayed in a psychedelic emptiness that spirals into a joyless contemplation. Mr. Biskey paints boys frothing from the mouth, and at the idea he says, of being too free and unsure of what to do with it. Yet in his paintings, they are lost in the consciousness of an unknown future.

Mr. Biskey’s work is intriguing because it deals with the subject of freedom, and from the point of view of a country that has been historically torn by fascism, socialist propaganda, guilt and unclear national identity. One of the pinnacle remarks is that his works are sort after by German politicians as the subject surrounds an utopia and of the German youth painted in a loosely graphic fashion and also executed with great proficiency which represents the Aryan race where the undertones of the German psyche still reminisce. Above: These are large paintings but the BBC kept meandering from detail to detail rather than giving a complete view of the work. Middle: Painted as if on ecstasy and ecstatic over the newness of a running shoe’s scent.

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