Visiting Willi Sitte

A documentary by Eva Kohlweyer
An Arthaus Musik production


Painter and government official – the two sides of Willi Sitte which made him the most important yet most controversial East German artist. Portraying the working class, defying imperialism or revealing intimate togetherness, he became the leading figure of Socialist Realism. His career in the Association of Fine Artists (VBK) and the Central Committee (ZK) of the SED elevated his status to that of ‘Prince of East German Painting’.

“Visit to Willi Sitte“ with the interview by Ilka Franzmann is probably the last Interview with Willi Sitte. In front of his new and old work, he looks back at his life and creativity.


Available as bonus at Arthaus Musik (DVD)



Producer: Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Oliver Becker
A Documentary by: Eva Kohlweyer
Camera: Michael Boomers
Sound: Lucie Westbrock
Editor: Eva Kohlweyer
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 20 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2009