Germany’s new Exile Museum uses art to create empathy, but a focus on privileged migrants will achieve nothing

If the museum hopes to succeed in its aim, it must refrain from having a solely elitist, intellectual focus, and instead attempt to include the experiences of the anonymous masses and lesser known personalities

Madhvi Ramani
The Independent Voices

As we can see from Germany today, historical acknowledgment and education do make a difference to racist and anti-immigrant views ( Getty )

A sketch by the Berlin expressionist artist Kathe Kollwitz, sold for a record price of €450,000 (£400,600) depicts a woman pressing her face against a child’s. The figures are solid, tangible and heavy with emotion. The work is called Abschied, which means “parting” in German, and it’s one of almost 400 works that private collector Bernd Shultz sold off last week in a two-day auction that raised €6.3m (£5.6m).

Schultz bought his first artwork in 1958, and although his collection spans over 500 years of art history and contains artists from Picasso to Warhol, his main interest has always been the human face. But now, he has sold his most beloved pieces to fund a project he believes is more important – a German museum focussed on exile.


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