Christoph Schlingensief: Between Fact and Imagination

The active imagination of Germany’s “action artist” in Moscow exhibition.

“The African Twintowers” (2005-2009). Image via the National Gallery on Solyanka

Curated by Margarita Osepyan, “Christoph Schlingensief: Between Fact and Imagination” is a small but stimulating exhibition dedicated to the brave vision of Germany's great “aktionskünstler” (action artist). The exhibition’s documentary photographs, video clips, and explanatory texts provide extensive background information on Schlingensief (1960-2010).

The galvanizing personality and radical artist took the ideas of Joseph Beuys and Rainer Werner Fassbinder and incorporated them into film, performance art, theater, sculpture, and civil political action at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21th century. His theater pieces took the form of happenings, demonstrations, media pranks, surreal talk shows, absurdist exploitation movies, and iconoclastic opera productions. He was the head of the so-called Church of Fear, which used the slogan: “Don’t expect too much from the end of the world!”

“Christoph Schlingensief: Between Fact and Imagination.” National Gallery on Solyanka, Moscow. Till Jan. 18, 2017.