Manon de Boer, Jörg Boström, Agathe Boulanger & Grégoire Devidal, Marguerite Duras, Harun Farocki, Jan Peter Hammer, Achim Lengerer, Lutz Mommartz, Deimantas Narkevičius, Jean-Marie Straub/Danièle Huillet, Peter Weiss
10 September – 18 December 2016


The starting point for the exhibition "Straub/Huillet/Weiss. Alienation Towards Our Small Familiar World" is the parallel work of Straub/Huillet and Weiss in the Rhineland during the 1960s and 1970s. Their biographies, artistic interests, circles of friends and especially the ambivalent reception of their works pointed to numerous intersections indicating a connection that was later confirmed by an unrealised joint film project. As an example, the language, images and texts with which Straub/Huillet/Weiss addressed the period of Fascist capitulation and West Germany’s restoration and how it came to terms with the past (Vergangenheitsbewältigung) evoked fierce, even devastating criticism. Straub/Huillet are now regarded as some of the most important sources of ideas for New German Cinema and their extraordinarily unrelenting filmic approach as stylistically influential while Weiss is considered to be one of the major playwrights of our time. The exhibition pursues the connection between the artists and explores the environment of their artistic approaches, the radicality of which is to some extent still misunderstood today. The selection of works on show that includes contributions by contemporaries and present-day artists alongside Straub/Huillet and Weiss is concerned with the interaction of agitation and the consolidation of social structures in dealing with the past and present.

Curator: Regina Barunke
Collaboration (event): Institute for Art and Art Critic, University of Cologne


Straub/Huillet/Weiss. Alienation Towards Our Small Familiar World
Published by Temporary Gallery, Cologne
Texts by Regina Barunke, Baptist Ohrtmann
German / English


6 October 2016
Agathe Boulanger & Grégoire Devidal: Litany for brothers of melancholy

17–30 October 2016
Achim Lengerer: Filmset: Proben zu Peter Weiss/The Trotsky Rehearsals

3 November 2016
Stones, or What is left (David Lamelas, Lutz Mommartz & Jürgen Kuhfuß, Marguerite Duras, Straub/Huillet)

17 November 2016
Deimantas Narkevičius: Medialization of Monuments; Monumentalization of Media

18 November 2016
Deimantas Narkevičius: Digitalization of Analogue Archives and Subjective Historicity
Institute for Art and Art Critic, University of Cologne

2 December 2016
Tobias Hering on Straub/Huillet: Fortini/Cani, 1976

16 December 2016
Carles Guerra: Patterns of Insurgency: Invisible Connections and Sudden Revelations



Funding and Support

Kunststiftung NRW
LVR Landschaftsverband Rheinland
Kulturamt der Stadt Köln
RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur
Deltax contemporary, Wirtschafts- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH
Hotel Chelsea


1 — Manon de Boer: Laurien, March 1996 - Laurien, September 2001 - Laurien, October 2007 - Laurien, July 2015, 1996-2015
2 — exhibition view
3 — Harun Farocki: Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film nach Franz Kafkas Romanfragment ‘Amerika’, 1983
4 — Deimantas Narkevicius: 20 July. 2015, 2016
5 — Jean-Marie Straub & Daniele Huillet: Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht, 1964
Photo: Simon Vogel