The State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the impressive art collection of Konrad Fischer and his wife, comprising 250 works by some thirty-five artists, as well as the gallery archive, for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen at the beginning of 2014. The exhibition catalogue now provides a summary of Konrad Fischer’s significant life’s work.

Flying the flag?

The Germans and their national symbols
Black, red and gold; the federal eagle; the German national anthem: Germany’s national symbols have a long and chequered history; the spirit of the age and form of government have always determined how they have been used and received.
The book accompanying the exhibition “Flagge zeigen?” (Flying the flag?) describes the birth of the German nation in the 19th century, the role of student fraternities and the use of national symbols for propaganda purposes during the Third Reich. The book focuses on the post-1945 period and includes a comparative analysis of democratic and dictatorial forms of government in Germany. An important chapter is dedicated to the period of political change in 1989/90, when the symbols of the GDR disappeared from the public arena as an eloquent sign of the collapse of this state. Opinion polls, the “fairy tale summer” of 2006 that was celebrated with German flags and current marketing initiatives designed to promote Germany’s image are also covered in the book.
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"Flying the flag?"

October 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-224-2

22,00 x 25,80 cm

168 Pages

134 colored and 60 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Flagge zeigen? Die Deutschen und ihre Nationalsymbole”, December 2008 to April 2009, Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, and 29 May to 4 October 2009, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.