VENUE + TIME:

March 14 +15, 2002, 10 p.m.
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof
Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Invalidenstr. 50-51, 10557 Berlin


PHOTO CREDITS:

Copyright: Martin Schmitz

KÄTHE KRUSE

»Le Sexe Rouge« (1997 / 2002)
Performance - Installation - Film

Das Blauelied
Zatteltracht im Zauberwald
Milan auf der Gebirgswiese
Fettschwalm
Tod einer Prinzessin aus Bhutan
Gaby
Jahresfarbenstreifenlied
Alphabet des Augenblicks
Die Tochter
L´amour analphabète
Auf dem Kopf von Käthe Kruse
Le Sexe Rouge
Von seinem Leib hab ich´s geleckt


Käthe Kruse, born in 1958 in Bünde / Westfalen, became known as a member of Berlin's »Die Tödliche Doris« from 1980–87. This group of musicians and artists was active – along with groups like Einstürzende Neubauten – in the Berlin scene of so-called »genius-dilettantes«. Käthe Kruse appeared with the group as a drummer, singer, performer and artist in concerts and exhibitions at venues such as the Musèe d'Art Moderne in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and documenta 8 in Kassel. Even in those days, their concerts were often equally performances, with pictures and objects, films and videos being created for or during the concerts. After »Die Tödlichen Doris« split up, Kruse developed her art in cyclical series of works that were shown at the Kunst Raum in Vienna, Kunstverein Walcheturm in Zurich and elsewhere. Parallel to this, she studied visual communication at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin. She was awarded a university scholarship, won Kassel's »Bruederhilfe Insurance« competition for art on buildings in 1996, and graduated with honors in 1997. In 1999, her solo exhibition »Traces«, curated by Nan Goldin, opened in New York, followed that summer by a retrospective on »Die Tödliche Doris« at the Kunstamt Kreuzberg. At year's end, she performed at the opening of the exhibition »Das XX. Jahrhundert« at the Kunstbibliothek in the Berlin Kulturforum.

In 1997 Kruse released the CD »Le Sexe Rouge« with 13 songs which she composed and performed. The title song refers to an installation shown in 1996 at the Zwinger Gallery in Berlin; in subsequent years, Kruse developed a complex visual environment for each of the 13 songs. In 2000, she presented the 13 artworks in an exhibition at the Kunstverein Bremerhaven. Not only did she design an object or a series of pictures for each song, she also worked out entire performance situations, each containing a film, a color slide projection, and singing and acting. The listener-viewers follow the artist on her path through the concert-installation, accompanying her from situation to situation, from song to song – experiencing the complex of work that is »Le Sexe Rouge« as a multidimensional composition of images, text, music and projections.

CURRENT PROJECT:

SCORES

Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Jorinde Voigt
Exhibition & Concerts

Exhibition: October 28 – November 13, 2016
Opening: October 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
Concerts: October 28 & 30, November 13, 2016

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof
Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Rieckhallen
Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Tue, Wed, Fri 10–6, Thu 10–8, Sat–Sun 11–6

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CONCEPT:

Ingrid Buschmann, Gabriele Knapstein, Matthias Osterwold
FREUNDE GUTER MUSIK BERLIN e.V.

PRESS:

Press release
Kruse-press-engl.pdf

PRESENTED BY:

Events in the series »Works of Music by Visual Artists« are a co-production of Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. and Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin and MaerzMusik – Festival für aktuelle Musik | Berliner Festspiele.

Concept:
Ingrid Buschmann, Gabriele Knapstein, Matthias Osterwold
FREUNDE GUTER MUSIK BERLIN e.V.

Made possible by Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie.