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04 Oct 2012

Christoph Schlingensief at the Goethe-Institut New York

Christoph Schlingensief, EGOMANIA—Island Without Hope (1986).

EGOMANIA—About Schlingensief
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, New York


Exhibition on view: Oct 11-21, 2012 Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 2-7pm Opening screening: Wed, Oct 10, 7pm Further screening: Wed, Oct 17, 7pm


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Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

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The Goethe-Institut New York will present a closer look at the oeuvre of the late Christoph Schlingensief, with a selection of feature and documentary films by and about the artist, from October 11 through 21, 2012. Well known in Europe and particularly in Germany for his irreverent and polemic film, theater, opera, television, and performance work, there are few who know Schlingensief's extremely diverse body of work in its entirety. At its Wyoming Building location, the Goethe-Institut will now introduce this larger-than-life artist to a New York audience.

At the age of 24, Schlingensief had already made his fourth feature film, Egomania (1986), starring Tilda Swinton and Udo Kier. A nightmarish melodrama set on an island in the midst of winter, it acts as a premonition of his future artistic output in all its diversity. Only three years later, with his legendary Germany Trilogy surrounding Chancellor Helmut Kohl's 'jigsaw politics', he tackled political issues virulent in Germany at the time, demonstrating his uncompromising position and faible for hyperbole. The three films, 100 Years Adolf Hitler (1989), The German Chainsaw Massacre (1990), and Terror 2000 (1992), quickly attained cult status and turned Schlingensief into the bad boy of the German cultural scene. All were shown in a monumental display of Schlingensief's work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, for which the German Pavilion received a Golden Lion that year.

Schlingensief's opera village project in Burkina Faso is the subject of the film Crackle of Time (2012), which will be screened for the first time in the U.S. at the Wyoming Building on October 10 and also open the exhibition. African Twin Towers (2005-2009), with Patti Smith and Irm Hermann, among others, will be shown on October 17. In addition, Egomania and the Germany Trilogy films will be projected at the Wyoming Building in a continuous loop for the duration of the exhibition, together with a documentation of Schlingensief's performance Ausländer raus (2001), a recording of the theater production Via Intolleranza II (2010), and the interview film Christoph Schlingensief and His Films (2005), in which the artist himself speaks at length about his work.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Filmgalerie 451, Berlin, with special thanks to Frieder Schlaich and the Büro Schlingensief. In 2014, a comprehensive film retrospective and exhibition of Schlingensief's work will be showcased at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA/PS1.