restricted access East German Art and the Permeability of the Berlin Wall

This article challenges the commonly held belief that East German artists, and especially painters, were completely cut off from the West. Documenting the prevalence of postwar Western ideas and art in East Germany, the numerous trips East German artists took to the West, and the large number of exhibitions of East German art in West Germany after 1977, this article shows that the Wall was far more permeable for the visual arts than is currently recognized. Far from provincial, East German art offers vital insight into the dynamics of cultural exchange across the Iron Curtain.