at kw institute for contemporary art
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 an exciting and versatile, and full effect unfolds through continuous fragmentation, synchronicity, dissolution of limits, and inter- and trans-medial breadth.
The exhibition CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin provides an insight to his comprehensive work.
His radical demand for reaction, his uniquely inventive imagery, his almost obsessive overexertion and 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 they've emerged from, touching on topics such as media representations of current events, politics, German history, fascism, Christianity and the institution of family. Not only the central strands in Schlingensief's artistic path, but also the social and historical context of his oeuvre as well as its explosive nature constitute the focus of the comprehensive exhibition.
The show is accompanied by a program of events and a publication.
The exhibition CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF is curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Susanne Pfeffer. Artistic advisor: Aino Laberenz/Estate of Christoph Schlingensief
The show is on view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art only until January 19, 2014, before it opens in March at MoMA PS1 in New York.