Caesura 1945 1945

English translations in alphabetical order by artist


Bernhard Kretzschmar (1889–1972)

Selbstbildnis mit Masken, 1954 / Self Portrait with Masks, 1954

To stand by one’s own identity is a basic human conflict, which I could recognize in Bernhard Kretzschmar’s self-portrait. He depicts himself with detailed painted masks. On the one hand, they possibly symbolize his artistic work and creativity, on the other hand they form a metaphor for artificially staged versions of ourselves and are formed in a perfectionist way. At the same time, the artist’s upright posture seems self-confident and his facial expressions sceptical. It suggests that he was a critically thinking, opinionated person.

The view from outside: Angelina Kärcher, 17, Dr. Wilhelm André Academic High School, Chemnitz


Otto Müller-Eibenstock (1898–1986)

Erzgebirgische Häuser, um 1948 / Erz Mountains Houses, ca. 1948

I’m going back.

Back to a world I call home.

But something is different.


Something feels too familiar.

Too out of date.

I find myself falling into the role of an old me.

And yet, moving to another city was supposed to do just the opposite.

There I finally felt liberated from everything that prevented me from developing further in my homeland.

I reinvented myself.

Slowly a new, improved version of myself grew up.

At least I thought so.

When do I decide to replace old with new for good?

What’s stopping me?

The view from outside: Hannah, 19, volunteer FSJ Culture