Auf Wiedersehen Berlin: Cologne Is the Spiritual Home of German Art

From Neo-Expressionism to Pop, it’s all about the concrete city on the Rhine.

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Nov 9 2018, 3:10pm

Clichés tend to contain a kernel of truth.

We spend our lives trying not to be played out, obvious or basic – yet most behaviours that might peg you as such are widespread for a reason. Let me give you an example.

An art student graduates from a prestigious university. Armed only with a hard-drive full of conceptual photography, they attempt to enter the real world. It turns out that life is bloody difficult. Suddenly their university city, once so full of student loan fuelled opportunity, feels like an elitist prison. So, as the cliché goes, they move to Berlin.

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