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The painting “Guten Tag” from the gallery in the Palace of the Republic

  • Object
  • Wolfgang Mattheuer
  • Berlin (Ost)
  • 1975

This work of art used to hang in the gallery of paintings in the main foyer of the East German Palace of the Republic, which opened at this site in 1976. Under the title “Are Communists Allowed to Dream?” the sixteen paintings by established artists reflected the more liberal climate in East German cultural policy in those years. Wolfgang Mattheuer’s painting Guten Tag (Good Day) can be interpreted as criticism of political developments. But it would be misleading to view his depiction of an industrial city brutally engulfing the countryside solely in the context of East Germany. Rather, the picture he created stood for similar developments in many places and is still relevant today.

Detailed information

Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Wolfgang Mattheuer
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
Öl auf Hartfaser
Öl auf Hartfaser
280 x 280 cm
Places / Cultures
Berlin (Ost)
Exhibition Location
O2.122.Q2, Spur 35, Vitrine (Treppenhalle 2. OG)
Exhibition & Module
DA01 Flashbacks / DA04 01 Video Panorama / DA01 Flashback 25 The painting Guten Tag from the gallery in the Palace of the Republic / DA04 01 08 Palace of the Republic 1973-2008 / H01 Highlights / H01 Highlights - First Forerunners / MG Media Guide / MG Free Flow 01 His
Persons / Corporate bodies
Mattheuer; Wolfgang
Owner/Managing Institution
Bundesrepublik Deutschland; BVA (Standort DHM)
Inventory Number
L 95/246
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