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Chrysler Museum hosts exhibition of works made during Cold War era

NORFOLK, Va. – The Chrysler Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of works by master photographer Ulrich Wüst.

Starting November 17, museum guests will be able to view Wüst’s photographs, taken during the Cold War era, in the Museum’s Frank Photography Gallery and Focus Gallery.

The exhibition, called Public and Private, explores East German public planning under Socialist rule in 84 black and white prints and over 200 album-mounted prints.

“I wanted to create a landscape of the soul, drawing attention to what we had done to ourselves with our city planning,” Wüst recalled.

It will be the German photographer’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

“With gritty immediacy, Wüst’s photos convey the sense of depersonalization in cities beset by standardized housing and looming monuments,” says Seth Feman, Curator of Exhibitions and Acting Curator of Photography at the Chrysler. “Simultaneously, he reveals the creative interior lives of those living amid the totalitarian state’s regime of sameness.”