KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr. 69, D-10117 Berlin
1 December 2013 - 19 January 2014
From the Press Release
Christoph Schlingensief’s oeuvre regularly defied established institutional and artistic boundaries, spanning and conflating medias including film, theatre, opera, happenings, performance and installation. His body of work is exciting and versatile, and the full effect of it 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 his challenging demand for similar dedication from anyone involved in his projects secure Schlingensief’s position in the contemporaneous art discourse. His films, theatre 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.