KW Institute for Contemporary Art announce Christoph Schlingensief exhibition

KW Institute for Contemporary Art present Christoph Schlingensief an exhibition on view 1 December 2013–19 January  2014.

Christoph Schlingensief, Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker, 1990. From left to right: Eva Maria Kurz, not reported, Mike Wiedemann, Irm Hermann. © Filmgalerie 451.

Christoph Schlingensief, Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker, 1990. From left to right: Eva Maria Kurz, not reported, Mike Wiedemann, Irm Hermann. © Filmgalerie 451.


Christoph Schlingensief’s oeuvre regularly defied established institutional and artistic boundaries, spanning and conflating medias including film, theater, opera, happening, performance, and installation. His body of work is exciting and versatile, and full effect unfolds through continuous fragmentation, synchronicity, dissolution of limits, and inter- and trans-medial breadth.

His radical demand for reaction, his uniquely inventive imagery, his almost obsessive overexertion and his challenging demand for similar dedication from anyone involved in his projects secure Schlingensief’s exceptional position in the contemporaneous art discourse.

His films, theater pieces, happenings and performances serve as comments on and reactions to their respective moments of development and the social contexts that engendered their creation, touching on topics such as media staging, current events, German history, fascism, Christianity, and the institution of family. This comprehensive exhibition focuses therefore not only the central strands of Schlingensief’s artistic path, but also on its social and historical context as well as on its explosive nature.

The show is accompanied by a program of events as well as a publication.

Following the presentation at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the exhibition will travel to MoMA PS1, New York, in March 2014.

The exhibition Christoph Schlingensief is curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Susanne Pfeffer. Artistic advisor: Aino Laberenz/Estate of Christoph Schlingensief.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
D-10117 Berlin

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