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Aura Rosenberg: “Angel of History” | New presentation for the annual exhibition “Translating the World” at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar | 27.08.-31.10.2022

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In the final part of the exhibition series “Translating the World. Contemporary Perspectives on Walter Benjamin”, the American artist Aura Rosenberg will be presenting her examination of Walter Benjamin’s “Angel of History” at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar from 27 August.

Image above: 01_Aura Rosenberg, Angel of History, 2003. Video installation, 05:03 min. © Aura Rosenberg. Exhibition in Warsaw, 2017. © Photo: Adam Marnie

Walter Benjamin developed his famous theses on the philosophy of history “On the Concept of History” in 1939/40 by translating into language a watercolour drawing by Paul Klee “Angelus novus” (created in 1920, today Israel Museum, Jerusalem). Benjamin wrote these theses and his translation of the “Angel of History” in exile in France, fleeing persecution by the National Socialists.

Based on Walter Benjamin’s power of language, Aura Rosenberg translates the motifs of his “IX. History Thesis” into the pictorial. She condenses past and present into images of struggle and destruction that show visitors how our cultural history is continually shaped by acts of violence and social tensions. The works evoke associations with the far-reaching conflicts of the present. Rosenberg points to the fundamental danger to cultural values posed by armed conflicts or disruptive developments. With the hanging “Black Noise” and two photo collages on “Angel of History”, she interprets Benjamin’s work in many ways.

Aura Rosenberg (born 1949) lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College. Her exhibitions can be seen worldwide, including at Galeria Studio, Warsaw (2017), JOAN, Los Angeles (2016), Galerie Efremidis, Berlin (2021) or Casa Sao Roque, Centro de Arte, Porto (2021). In addition, she publishes photography books, teaches at the Pratt Institute and

at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Aura Rosenberg is a member of the bands The Cornichons and Dirty Mirrors.

We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 26.8.22, at 5 pm at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar.

Es sprechen:

Welcome Dr. Annette Ludwig, Director of the Museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Greeting Rolf C. Hemke, Artistic Director of the Kunstfest Weimar
Introduction Marius Hoppe, Curator, Scientific Volunteer at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar
The event is open to the public and free of charge. Registration at presse@klassik-stiftung.de is requested.

Event information

Aura Rosenberg: “Angel of History

As part of the exhibition series “Translating the World. Contemporary Perspectives on Walter Benjamin” In cooperation with the Kunstfest Weimar Exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar | 27.08. to 31.10.2022 Stéphane-Hessel-Platz 1, 99423 Weimar

Tickets incl. museum admission:

Adults 10 | reduced 7 € | Schoolgirls (16-20 y.) 4 €Bauhaus in a package Discover the Museum Neues Weimar and Bauhaus Museum Weimar for 12 €. From 20.7-12.9, the Moderne 2022 combination ticket is available at a reduced price (adults 12 €/ reduced 8 €/ schoolgirls (16-20 yrs.) 5€). The Kombi-Ticket Moderne is available at in all Modernist Houses and at the Weimar Tourist Information Office.


Bauhaus Museum
Burgplatz 4
99423 Weimar

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