Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingensief

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

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

November 5, 2013

Christoph Schlingensief
1 December 2013–19 January  2014

Opening: Saturday 30 November, 5–10pm

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
D-10117 Berlin
Hours: Wednesday–Monday noon–7pm,
Thursday noon–9pm 

The exhibition Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is the first comprehensive show dedicated to the work of Christoph Schlingensief.

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.

Christoph Schlingensief is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).
Kindly supported by Volkswagen, by Rudolf Augstein Stiftung and by KW Friends.
The cultural programs of KW Institute for Contemporary Art are made possible with the support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.

Press contact
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Henriette Sölter
T +49 30 243459 42 / press [​at​]

Jenni Schmitt
T +49 3062736 103 / jennifer.schmitt [​at​]


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