Balalaika and beer mug, drunkenness and timeliness, wild Cossack and fascist beast: these are just some of the many positive and negative characteristics that have defined and simplified the image other people have of Germans and Russians in the past and indeed some still apply today. The exhibition entitled “Unsere Russen – Unsere Deutschen. Bilder vom Anderen 1800–2000” ("Our Russians - Our Germans. Images of the Other Side 1800-2000"), from 8 December 2007 to 2 March 2008 in Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, looked back on these mutual perceptions that existed in Germany and Russia in the 19th and 20th century.
Selected objects from Russian and German collections, such as paintings, sculptures, prints, posters, book illustrations, photographic and filmed documents, as well as everyday objects, has telling the story of public and private perceptions from the other side. The exhibition demonstrated how lastingly effective and startlingly up-to-date mutual prejudices can be and has given visitors an opportunity to take a critical look at their own attitudes and preconceptions. It also made clear that images from the other side are constantly changing.
The exhibition has given the visitor the opportunity to reflect critically on his or her own attitudes and prejudices. It also made clear that images of the other side are subject to constant change.
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