The Ethnological Museum in Berlin hosts "Native American Modernism"
Berlin.- The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is pleased to present “Native American Modernism: Art from North America” on view at the Ethnological Museum in Dahlem from March 3rd through October 28th. About 90 artworks – paintings, graphics and sculptures from the collection of the Ethnological Museum – offer an unusual insight into Native American art of the late 20th century from the USA and Canada. The exhibition focuses on developments over the past forty years in the art movement termed Native American modernism that is little known in Germany despite the traditional admiration for American Indian culture. Numerous innovative works explore everyday social, political, economic and cultural aspects of North American multi-ethnic society. Although the subject of indigenous origins is a common thread throughout these works, it is not their sole preoccupation. The artists may be deeply rooted in their respective Native communities or may have consciously turned away from traditional styles, media and content to establish themselves on the international art market – yet their political message remains, often conveyed with irony.