Specters of Communism: A Festival on the Revolutionary Century

16.11 – 21.11.17

Keynote Speakers: 
Alain Badiou and Zhiyuan Cui 

Participants: 
Claudia von Alemann, Ulrich Brand, Igor Chubarov, Anthony Cokes, Raqs Media Collective, David Ellerman, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Devin Fore, Melanie Gilligan, Friederike Habermann, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Detlef Hartmann, Michael Hirsch, Meena Kandasamy, Tamara Levitz, Sajan Mani, Fumi Okiji, Jay Pather, Benjamin Piekut, Adrian Rifkin, Kerstin Stakemeier, Lantian Xie, Hon-Lun Yang, Qingmei Yao, Raul Zelik and the Münchner Kammerspiele Ensemble.

On the occasion of the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia and nearly one hundred years after Kurt Eisner declared Bavaria a Free State and a socialist republic at the Mathäser-Bräu in Munich, Haus der Kunst will convene  Specters of Communism: A Festival on the Revolutionary Century. This festival will trace the multifaceted, partly contrary and partly astonishingly parallel manifestations of global communism.

Conceived as a sequence of live events, the festival will bring together participants from across the fields of art, philosophy, political theory, theater, performance, art history, film studies, and music in order to unfold the historical legacies of communism as a major feature of 20th and 21st century artistic, intellectual and political thought. 

As first part of a trilogy, the exhibition Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 closed in March 2017. The festival will act as a bridge to the next two parts, Postcolonialism and Postcommunism.

Specters of Communism is organized in five sequences: “After all the Failures – Reinventing an Emancipatory Future” (Michael Hirsch, convenor); “Scenes for a Revolution” (Kerstin Stakemeier, convenor); “The Adventures of Will and Intelligence” (Raqs Media Collective, convenor); “Form, Mastery and Aural Disintegration” (Benjamin Piekut, convenor); and “Tableaux Vivants” (Münchner Kammerspiele, convenor).

This moment of reflection on communist legacies and its multiple manifestations happens at a time which is often believed to be post-ideological. Are politics today merely aiming at an acceleration of global capital circulation? In 1989, Francis Fukuyama had postulated the “end of history”. "Even if you disagree with his theses", says Okwui Enwezor, "it is striking that all efforts of integration policies in Europe during the first two decades of the twenty-first century have failed to prevent the rise of right-wing populist politics, neo-nationalism, Islamist radicalism, anti-immigration movements and the resistance to globalization."

The surge of such movements challenges the ideological resilience of states, elites and markets. In this light, how can the legacies and failures of communism be reappraised? Specters of Communism draws attention to the last hundred years as well as to the relevance and potential of the sociological models exacted by revolutions and communist movements – such as social solidarities, coalition politics, the eradication of social inequality, and collective action.

Specters of Communism – A Festival on the Revolutionary Century is conceived and organized by Haus der Kunst in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as part of the HKW long-term project “100 Years of Now”, which is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.

Concept: Okwui Enwezor
Program Curator: Dr. Damian Lentini
Program Organization: Andrea Saul
Research: Tim Roerig

The project in Munich is produced in collaboration with the Münchner Kammerspiele.

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Specters of Communism: A Festival on the Revolutionary Century

16.11

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Kiki Smith — Procession

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Publication

Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965 - Exhibition Guide

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“Frequencies” – Action Day for students and educators

Friday, 24.11, 3 pm

On Action Day, together Anna Pigott of Oscar Murillo’s studio, the participating pupils will present their work and talk about their experiences. Parallel to this, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a public workshop, during which an expansive mural, consisting of sewn-together canvases, will be created. MORE


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Oscar Murillo

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Sarah Sze — Point for Point, 2017

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Workshop 6 until 12 years

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Saturday, 28.10, 2 pm

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Free First Thursday

Thursday, 02.11, 6 pm

Every 1st Thursday of the month, the entry is free of charge between 6 and 10 pm. MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Frank Bowling

Saturday, 25.11, 2 pm

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Workshop 6 until 12 years

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Saturday, 23.12, 2 pm

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Permanent Exhibition

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18.07.17 – 04.02.18

The focus is the summer of 1937 in Munich, when the new Haus der Deutschen Kunst opened with the first "Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung", and the vilified show "Entartete Kunst" [Degenerate Art] was presented concurrently in the gallery building in the nearby Hofgarten MORE


Art commission

DER ÖFFENTLICHKEIT: Sarah Sze

15.09.17 – 12.08.18

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EXHIBITION

Again and Again

15.09.17 – 08.04.18

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Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 04.11, 11 am

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Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 11.11, 2 pm

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Workshop 6 until 12 years

Frank Bowling

Saturday, 18.11, 11 am

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Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 02.12, 11 am

Art Lab I – Future labs: Thomas Struth presents many unknown places in his photographs. In the studio, we create our own three-dimensional models of places: you decide what happens in them! MORE


Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 09.12, 2 pm

We invent and craft our own characters and make them come alive. We tell a story. Those who like to cut and edit are in the right place here! MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Frank Bowling

Saturday, 16.12, 11 am

Art Lab II: Colours tell stories – Who are you? Where do you come from? The outlines of countries and continents can be discovered in many of Frank Bowling’s Map Paintings. Together, we discover the maps in his exhibition, before we go into the studio to experiment with maps, paint and brushes. Who am I? MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 30.12, 11 am

Art Lab IV: Your city – your street. From Düsseldorf to New York – Thomas Struth leads us around the world with his road pictures. We gather ideas in the exhibition and then become architects and urban planners in the studio. MORE