Alexander Kluge

in conversation with Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer - an exhibition


in conversation with Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer - an exhibition

in conversation with Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer - an exhibition

Press release

Opening: 2pm - 5pm
Meeting with Alexander Kluge at 3 pm. 

The German artist Alexander Kluge has specially conceived for this exhibition a multi-screen video installation which will be projected along with some of his related writings. The exhibition will feature new works by Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer, which will be included in dialogue with a selection of Kluge's characteristic montage films. With a multidisciplinary approach, Kluge juxtaposes images, music, and text on different layers to encourage the free play of associations, revealing underlying patterns in the arts, philosophy, and culture. 

This exhibition will take place concurrently with a series of talks and screenings by Alexander Kluge at the Grand Palais, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon. 

About the artist

Alexander Kluge (b. 1932, in Halberstadt) is a German filmmaker, author and lawyer. He is one of the leading figures of the literary, artistic, intellectual and cultural life in Germany since the past fifty years. His body of work can be regarded as a continuation in words and moving images of the critical theory of the Frankfurt School. Intentionally polymorphic, it touches on multiple themes and makes use of the technological and artistic developments of his time. Kluge’s practice is not easily categorizable and he often blurs the distinction between individual media, in a wide-ranging artistic practice which encompasses filmmaking, television production, as well as a large volume of writings, both in literature and in theoretical texts. 

Kluge initiated his career as a writer in the early 1960s, later developing an interest in cinema after working with Fritz Lang and discovering the French Nouvelle Vague. In 1966, he was awarded the Silver Lion in Venice for his first feature-length film Anita G. He was later awarded the Golden Lion for Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed in 1968, which propelled his celebrity as one of the leading figures of the New German Cinema. A prolific writer and filmmaker, Kluge is also a philosopher in his own right, close to the Frankfurt School. From 1987, he becomes a television broadcaster by establishing the DCTP taking part as well in cultural programs with the television broadcasters RTL and SAT 1.

In 2000, Kluge publishes the first two volumes of his magnum-opus Chronicle of Feeling, a work which had been in process for over forty years, and is over 5000 pages long, later translated into French in 2016, and 2018, respectively. Kluge has also collaborated prolifically with other authors such as Ferdinand von Schirach (Die Herrlichkeit der Vernunft). He is awarded for the ensemble of his literary output the Georg Büchner price in 2003, the Theodor W. Adorno prize in 2009, as well as the Heinrich Heine prize in 2014. He has also written on various socio-political subjects, including, Public Sphere and Experience and History and Obstinacy, both co-written with Oskar Negt.

In 2008, Kluge produces the cinematic montage News from Ideological Antiquity - Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, which is based upon the unfinished project by Sergei Eisenstein to readapt Karl Marx’s Capital in a cinematographic form. This film was later presented at the Venice Biennale in 2015. 

Among his most important exhibitions are included; Rétrospective–Prospective, Odyssée Cinéma. Cinémathèque Française, Paris ; Gardens of Cooperations, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelone ; The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied with the participation of Thomas Demand and Anna Viebrock, Fondazione Prada, Venice, in 2017; Pluriversumau Museum Folkwang, in Essen, 2017 and, at the Belvedere Haus 21, in Vienna, 2018. 

In 2018-2019, the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles presented James Ensor & Alexander Kluge: Dark Centuries. The exhibition Pluriversum. Die Poetische Kraft der Theorie, is ongoing until September 2019 at the Literaturhaus in Munich, inviting a dialogue with the photographer Stefan Moses and the artists Sarah Morris, Kerstin Brätsch, Anselm Kiefer, Thomas Thiede, along with other artists, filmmakers, and writers, curated along the principles of a ‘cabinet of curiosities.’

In October 2019, the exhibition Die Macht der Musik – Die Oper “Tempel der Ernsthaftigkeit will open at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, at the Kunsthalle Weishaupt in Ulm and in Kluge’s birthplace, in Halberstadt. In 2020, an exhibition inspired by Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne-Atlas will take place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin, with the cooperation of the Warburg Institute in London.