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Das Licht Josef Thorak Bad Gastein

Das Licht

“Das Licht” by Josef Thorak (1889-1952), a German-Austrian sculptor. Thorak became well-known for his monumental sculptures created under supervision od the Third Reich, who named him one of their chief sculptors. The Denazification process cleared his name and he subsequently established himself in Austria, mainly Salzburg. This sculpture was allegedly bought by Bad Gastein for …

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Anna Dacqué

“Hosting” a Protest: Anna Dacqué’s Feminist Response to Sleep

“Sleep does not deny the possibility of revolution, but is one of its necessary conditions, forwithin itself it carries the potential for awakening, for being reborn, for starting anew.” [1]  – The Book of Sleep (2017) by Haytham el Wardany Sleep has been politicised in the history of resistance from labour movements to political movements and gained popularity …

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Teresa Distelberger Sleep

Sleep as a Safe Haven from Capitalism: Teresa Distelberger’s “I don’t go to bed with my computer”

Technological advancement has created the opportunity to consume and produce data regardless of time and location. The societal pressure of work productivity has been amplified by the utilization of portable electronic devices, wireless connectivity and endless streams of information. Computers enable the conversion of the bed from an oasis of rest into a time-independent working …

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Alice Creischer Sleep

Alice Creischer. An Eye-popping Engagement with the Long-standing Biopolitics of Sleeping

The Exhibition ‘Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life’ (19.10.2019-12.01.2020) opened October 19, 2019 at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart offers visitors a panoramic view of works related with the biopolitics of sleeping. The exhibition is organized by one of the oldest and authoritative German artists associations, the Württembergischer Kunstverein, and curated by Ruth Noack. The exhibit puts forty-nine …

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Sleeping as Vengeance

Sleeping and Dreaming: More than a Repose

Have you ever tried hard to stay wide-awake in a dim and quiet exhibition? How do you interpret your sleepiness? Walking in the close circuit of Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life, at Stuttgart’s Württembergischer Kunstverein, the usual tiring effect of looking at a lot of works was counteracted by learning new aspects of sleeping …

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Dominique Hurth

Sleeping as Protest?

An exploration of Dominique Hurth’s artwork on display at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, 2019. The Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, Germany, emerges, time and time again, as an ambiguous and challenging institution for exhibitions that often protrude to be more exclusive than inclusive. They frequently challenge socio-cultural perceptions, thus demanding the viewers to visually and …

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Making Van Gogh Frankfurt

“Making Van Gogh” – Frankfurt’s exhibition of the year, 2019

With five years in the making, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, has finally opened the doors to the public and revealed their probably most prized exhibition for some time. “Making Van Gogh – Geschichte einer deutschen Liebe” (English: “A German love story”) highlights Van Gogh’s importance towards German modernism, their love for …

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