However, that doesn’t really cover it with Christiane Baumgartner: woodcuts hold a special place in German art. It is redolent with ideas about German history, what it means for future generations, and is inextricable from the trauma done to the sense of national self by the Nazis. Unsurprisingly then, tragedy is a consistent theme in Baumgartner’s work, and picked up here in Totentanz (meaning the ‘the dance of death’), which follows the smoke trail of a shot-down plane. Similarly, works depicting the woods near Colditz are thick with ghosts. Technology, Baumgartner seems to suggest, should not let us escape the past, rather it should allow us to examine its horrors more precisely.
|What||Christiane Baumgartner: Totentanz, Alan Cristea|
|Where||Alan Cristea Gallery, 43 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JG | MAP|
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