Christoph Schlingensief’s Wall will present the work of this legendary German artist who in his 49 years created a great number of landmark works in postdramatic theatre, experimental and feature film, opera, performance, installation and activism. This interdisciplinarity combined with his all-time favourite method of provocation has continuously been generating ambiguous commentary, from critics and audiences alike, ranging from heated rejection and condemnation to being enamoured with the extreme courage and sincerity of the artist.
Schlingensief turned the veiled essence of civilised western society inside out, snickering at its heroes and the system itself. He was once arrested during an art event at the Documenta X exhibition for bearing a banner emblazoned with the words “Kill Helmut Kohl”, the German Chancellor. In 2006 his installation The Last Hour – twisted metalwork from a crashed car, footage of a long tunnel and paparazzi pictures of Princess Diana – was rejected by Frieze Art Fair in London. Schlingensief was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale posthumously; he skillfully blended media and personal spaces, actual events and imaginary intrigues, knowing the tipping point for the dark side whilst ultimately remaining an observer and creator. Video extracts from theatre productions, photographs of performances, quotations and extracts from interviews with the artist – will comprise a living Wall, reflecting various layers of Schlingensief’s reality. The way the artist appears to visitors will depend on their interpretation of his Wall.
Curated by Margarita Osepyan
Exhibition Christoph Schlingensief’s Wall: Between Fact and Imagination/ Solyanka State Gallery/ Supported by Goethe-Institute Moscow