Already with the exhibition’s title, Germania und Italia—that mimics the famous Italia und Germania, from 1828, by Friedrich Overbeck—the German artist Michael van Ofen announces that his artistic journey in Italy has focused on a formal investigation of picture-making that moves from the relationship that his work has constantly had with history painting. The history—and the paintings—evoked by van Ofen in these new canvases relates to the analogies that have linked Germany and Italy during the second half of the 19th century, namely to the parallelism between the two countries in their process of nation building.
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