Feature, 28.11.2013

CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
01.12.2013 – 19.01.2014

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Christoph Schlingensief, Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker, 451Photo: Eckhard Kuchenbecker 1990 © Filmgalerie

The exhibition Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is the first comprehensive show dedicated to the exciting and versatile body of work of Christoph Schlingensief. Transgressing artistic, medial and institutional boundaries the full effect of his work unfolds through continuous fragmentation, synchronicity, dissolution of boundaries and its inter- and trans-medial character. In his oeuvre, which spans films, theater pieces, operas, happenings, performances and installations, Christoph Schlingensief serves 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. 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.

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Christoph Schlingensief, The African Twintowers, 2005 – 2009 © Filmgalerie 451, Photo: Aino Laberenz | Christoph Schlingensief, Die 120 Tage von Bottrop, 1997 © Filmgalerie 451

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