Richter/Meinhof-Opera : David Chesworth after a Libretto by Tony MacGregor
- Date: Friday, 8 June 2012, 8:10pm
- Venue: Art Gallery of New South Wales — Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9225 1878
What happens when the German artist Gerhard Richter and the jailed-journalist-turned-terrorist Ulrike Meinhof are placed in the same room?
For two nights the Gallery will host David Chesworth’s latest performance work, Richter/Meinhof-Opera.
Richter/Meinhof-Opera has its origins in the controversial painting series October 18, 1977 by Gerhard Richter. The paintings depict scenes surrounding the apparent suicides of jailed members of the notorious Baader/Meinhof Group responsible for a deadly campaign to overthrow the West German establishment. Derived from archival newspaper photographs, the paintings caused a sensation when first exhibited in Germany in 1989.
Drawing on the writings of both Richter and Meinhof and records of actual events, this intimate performance artwork is set to a series of compelling soundscapes by Chesworth.
Richter/Meinhof-Opera entangles art with politics, the real with the ritualised, and the personal with the State.
Image: David Chesworth Richter-Meinhof/Opera 2010 Performance at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9225 1878
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