Alexander Kluge

Opera: The Temple of Seriousness

March 14 - April 26, 2020
Kunstgebäude Stuttgart, Kuppelsaal

Opening:
Friday, March 13, 2020, 7 pm

An exhibition by Württembergischer Kunstverein
in cooperation with Museum Ulm and Staatsoper Stuttgart
Curators: Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler

Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes

In 2017, the Württembergischer Kunstverein dedicated an extensive solo exhibition to the author, filmmaker, and theorist Alexander Kluge. Music already played a central role at the time, an aspect that is deepened in the new project, a series of exhibitions that is taking place in parallel at three different venues—Stuttgart, Ulm, and Halberstadt.

The project interrogates the role of opera, which emerged (at the latest) in the seventeenth century, as a contemporary “temple of seriousness” (Kluge): as a place where the serious, grief, and joy can be expressed and losses mourned in a suitable way.

The exhibition in the domed hall of the Kunstgebäude in Stuttgart is an overall staging that combines a nine-part video installation with fragments of a stage set by Anna Viebrock and other elements. In addition, Katharina Grosse is presenting a “cinema” developed for the exhibition. She calls the table-sized object “atopic cinema.” A detail from Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s life as a gunner in the First World War is accompanied by a drawing by Ivan Syrov, a young artist from Stuttgart.

There are numerous content-related intersections, particularly with respect to the forms of grieving, between this and the exhibition Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead, which is taking place in parallel in the same building. Various events take up this dialogue and also link the exhibition with the Staatsoper (State Opera), which is located directly nearby.


Further events
Museum Ulm and kunsthalle weishaupt, Ulm
Ocotber 20, 2019 ­- April 19, 2020
www.museumulm.de / www.kunsthalle-weishaupt.de

Gleimhaus Halberstadt, Moses Mendelssohn Akademie and other exhibition venues
November 10, 2019 ­- April 9, 2020
www.gleimhaus.de

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Alexander Kluge. Oper: The Temple of Seriousness
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart