Coverbild I’ve Seen the Wall
I’ve Seen the Wall
Louis Armstrong auf Tour in der DDR 1965
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Edited by: Paola Malavassi
Texts by: Peter Brötzmann, Jewel Brown, Tina M. Campt, Paola Malavassi, Jason Moran, Oliver Zybok
German, English
November 2023 , 208 Pages , 100 Ills.
Paperback
286mm x 228mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5599-3
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On the Ambivalent Simultaneity of Things
In the midst of the Cold War, legendary African American jazz musician Louis Armstrong was the first US artist to tour through the GDR. Taking this historic event in 1965 as a starting point, DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam examines the ambivalence of this official invitation against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the Vietnam War, and the Iron Curtain in Europe. While Armstrong avoided expressing forthright political opinions during his tour, he played (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue, a composition he had not played in a decade, at every performance.
Paintings, photographs, archival material, and installations by Terry Adkins, Louis Armstrong, Pina Bausch, Romare Bearden, Peter Brötzmann, Darol Olu Kae, Volkhard Kühl, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Jason Moran, Gordon Parks, Dan Perjovschi, Adrian Piper, Evelyn Richter, Lorna Simpson, Willi Sitte, Wadada Leo Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, and others provide multiple perspectives on the complexity of politics, jazz music, and racism.

In 1965, LOUIS ARMSTRONG (1901–1971) performed in East Berlin, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Erfurt, and Schwerin. With 17 concerts in just nine days,the tour was tightly scheduled. Some 45,000 people experienced Louis Armstrong and his All Stars live in the GDR.

In 1965, LOUIS ARMSTRONG (1901–1971) performed in East Berlin, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Erfurt, and Schwerin. With 17 concerts in just nine days,the tour was tightly scheduled. Some 45,000 people experienced Louis Armstrong and his All Stars live in the GDR.
EXHIBITION
DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam, September 16, 2023 – February 4, 2024
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