Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Co-curated with Wolfgang Müller

Valeska Gert's transdisciplinary art is to be paid tribute to for the first time ever in the National Gallery's Hamburger Bahnhof. The Berlin artist, performer and dancer, Valeska Gert (1892-1978) is one of this city's great figures, albeit one who remains vastly underestimated to this day. Her art probes the structures and effects of perception and is communicated here through works taken from the National Gallery's various collections.

The artist's works are placed alongside others that also tackle the phenomenon of perception, such as those by Marcel Duchamp and Valie Export. Even as far back as the 1920s, Valeska Gert's conceptual works anticipated happenings, current trends in performance art, popular, small-stage entertaining arts, free improvisation and many other developments in contemporary art and modern music. There were, however, no pigeon-holes for the innovations and concepts that she devised at the time. Gert's precise analysis in dance, acting, music and art still opens up unknown territory to us today, with her ideas transcending the present day. 

The exhibition is based on Wolfgang Müller's publication 'Valeska Gert - Ästhetik der Präsenzen'  (Martin Schmitz Verlag: Berlin 2010). 

An source edition about the exhibition was published at Hybriden Verlag Berlin. Check out the book presentationIn the book you can find:

the DVD of Ernst Mitzka''s videos Das Baby and Der Tod

a DVD with film fragments and an interview with Valeska Gert on 1970s TV

texts by Wolfgang Müller, Susanne Foellmer and me

a text "On Dance" by Valeska Gert published in Kulturwille in 1932

an unpublished interview with Valeska Gert

photos by Ruth Berlau and Herbert Tobias

a letter of Valeska Gert to the editor Elisabeth Pablé

an interview with Georg Kreisler

a book marker with the "pause" sign by Wolfgang Müller

Image: Wolfgang Müller,  'Lokomotion, nach Valeska Gert', 2010

Accompanying program

Talk with co-curator Wolfgang Müller about his book Valeska Gert: Ästhetik der Präsenzen (Martin Schmitz Verlag, 2010), Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart -Berlin, Sept. 16, 2010

Guide tour with the curators (in ASL-translation), Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, Jan. 9, 2010

PAUSE. A Performance Night moderated by Namosh and Wolfgang Müller. Curated by An Paenhuysen and Charlotte Friling
With contributions by Frieder Butzmann, Ming Wong and Bridge Markland. 
SÜDBLOCK, Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at 8 pm

Valeska Gert. Iconicity as Critical Practice
Lecture by Susanne Foelmer, workshop The Unsettled Image, Jan 27, 2011

Zwischenakte: Three Passages in Cinema a film program curated by Alena Williams, Kino Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin, Jan. 28, 2011. In the context of the workshop The Unsettled Image at ICI Berlin, featuring films from the 1920s by René Clair and Hans Richter, films from the 1980s by Die Tödliche Doris and contemporary productions by Amy Granat, Susanne M. Winterling, Andreas Wutz and Wolfgang Mayer. With the kind support of The Developing Room: Photography Working Group at the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University

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