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An exhibition of artworks created during 40 years of East German history could help Germans from east and west bridge the divide that, 27 years after unification, still separates them. "Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR" includes 100 paintings, sculptures, photos and other artworks created by more than 80 artists from the state's creation in 1949 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 .German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the show at Potsdam's Barberini Museum, near Berlin, that seeks to illuminate how artists saw and represented themselves in a state that kept tight controls on all creative pursuits. Ortrud Westheider, director of the museum, said the concept of "mask" was useful for organizing the show because it showed how artists were at once forced into a certain role, but also makes clear that they were aware of that fact.
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