Today (18 November), Foreign Minister Gabriel is attending the opening of the exhibition “The American Dream” in the Kunsthalle Emden. In this context, he issued the following statement today in Berlin:
The transatlantic relationship is currently undergoing a phase of readjustment. For this reason it is more important than ever to promote dialogue between our societies. The exhibition “The American Dream” has come at the right time in view of recent developments in the United States, as it uses outstanding works of art to portray dreams and longings that still conjure up associations with the US here in Germany, too. Despite some irritation with the current political trend in the United States, it is still true to say that the country is our most important partner outside Europe. We are united by our open societies and a common transatlantic foundation of values, which we must strive to preserve. That is why we are extending our cultural and societal cooperation, particularly through the Year of Germany in the United States, which is due to take place in 2018.
From 19 November 2017 to 27 May 2018 the Kunsthalle Emden and the Drents Museum in the Dutch town of Assen are both presenting the exhibition “The American Dream”. The dual exhibition provides an overview of American realism from 1945 to the present, and features works by Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Alice Neel, Richard Diebenkorn, Martha Rosler, Alex Katz and Chuck Close. It is the first major exhibition in Europe to provide a general overview of American realism.
The German Government attaches particular importance to dialogue with the United States. It is the Federal Government’s aim to make Germany’s voice even more clearly heard in the US with regard to the key issues of our time. In this context, the Year of Germany in the United States, due to take place from Autumn 2018, will play a crucial role.