Schroeder portrait goes on display in Berlin

10th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - An expressionist portrait of Gerhard Schroeder went on display for the first time Tuesday, nearly two years after he stepped down as German chancellor.

10 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - An expressionist portrait of Gerhard Schroeder went on display for the first time Tuesday, nearly two years after he stepped down as German chancellor.

The work was shown alongside those of Schroeder's predecessors in the first-floor art gallery of the federal chancellery building in Berlin.

The former chancellor has a golden head and clothes in the portrait by the late Joerg Immendorff, one of Germany's foremost modern artists.

Schroeder said in a brief address at the unveiling that it was a "fitting end" to his time as chancellor.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said her predecessor's keen interest in modern art strongly influenced the choice of paintings in the seat of government.

The painting was a personal gift to the ex-chancellor from Immendorff, who died in May from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease which attacks and destroys nerve cells in the brain.

Schroeder made the work available to the chancellery on permanent loan.


DPA

Subject: German news

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