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Culture

The art of freedom

Europe prides itself on the values of democracy and freedom - but what do they actually mean? Artists in post-war Europe have long been tackling these issues in their works, as a new exhibition in Berlin shows.

How do we wish to live? What roles should do politics, the state and society play, in helping us to live out our lives, as worthy human beings? What is freedom? What is equality?

These are the some of the questions explored in a new exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. A collaboration between the 36 member states of the Council of Europe, "The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945" comprises of works by 113 artists from 28 European countries.

Examining themes like Reason, Utopia and Consumerism, the exhibition traces the common roots of the two Cold War power blocks, East and West, in democracy and socialism - both borne out of the Enlightenment.

Click through the pages to view a selection of artworks from the exhibition.