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KW Institute for Contemporary Art show retrospective “Report 1964-2022” by Peter Friedl | 19.02.-01.05.2022

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The exhibition Report 1964-2022 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art is Peter Friedl’s (*1960) most comprehensive institutional work show in Germany to date. The Austrian conceptual artist uses a variety of genres, media and forms of presentation to explore in his work the construction of history and concepts that shape our political and aesthetic consciousness. The exhibition starts on 19 February 2022 and is curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen, assistant curator is Léon Kruijswijk. It will end on the Sunday of Gallery Weekend, 1 May 2022.

Image above: Peter Friedl, Snjókarl, 1999 (Detail). Colour slides. Courtesy the artist

His artistic practice is about creating new narrative forms in which time, permanent changes of place and perspective, and critical intimacy play a central role. Friedl often refers to the poetics and modes of representation of theatre (for example, scale models, tableaux vivants, props, puppet theatre, re-staging) to point to hidden or overlooked mechanisms at work in historiography, language and cultural identities. Archival precision is the defining organising strategy in some of his long-term projects, where strict chronology or similar organising principles are used to challenge our notions of visibility and context. Drawing, which comments on and documents private as well as socio-political history(s) as a lyrical voice, also plays an important role in Friedl’s oeuvre.

Report 1964-2022 is a monographic show that brings together works from more than five decades. Its title is borrowed from the video installation of the same name – Report (2016) – that Friedl created for documenta 14, a work that traces the permeability of language and the boundaries of identity, while the dates underline Friedl’s interest in real time. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication On Peter Friedl (in English), which brings together previously published texts from the last twenty years as well as newly commissioned essays on the artist’s work.


Saturday, 19. February to Sunday, 1. May 2022

To the accompanying programme


KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin-Mitte

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