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Richter/Meinhof-Opera : David Chesworth after a Libretto by Tony MacGregor


Richter/Meinhof-Opera : David Chesworth after a Libretto by Tony MacGregor

  • Date: Saturday, 9 June 2012, 6:30pm
  • 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

Event Details

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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