Thursday 18 October 2012

Kai Fische

"Mercifully, we still live in a society where varying views about artistic excellence can flourish…..

Fischer's important and disturbing installation reminds us of how fragile that freedom can be."

Joyce McMillan

Kai Fischer's powerful performance and installation piece inspired by the 1937 Exhibition of Degenerate Art will be presented in the atmospheric setting of the Old Ambulance Depot in Brunswick Street, Edinburgh from Wednesday 7 – Saturday 10 November 2012<x-apple-data-detectors://8> in a partnership with the Traverse Theatre. The installation will be open daily from 11am<x-apple-data-detectors://9> with performances by actors Pauline Goldsmith and Pauline Lockhart in the afternoon and evenings.

Entartet reflects on the infamous 'Degenerate Art' exhibition, a "name and shame" exhibition showing the works of modern artists that was staged by the German government. The pieces on display had been raided from public galleries and were now used to ridicule the different Modern Art movements, which the Nazi regime deemed 'degenerate'. Soon after the exhibition many of the included artists and their colleagues were no longer allowed to exhibit, to work, or even to paint at all. Publicly ridiculed and with their careers and livelihoods destroyed, many were forced to emigrate or went into inner emigration.

Entartet uses the original text of the exhibition's guidebook to create an audio guide and to evoke a moment in history. Part installation, part performance it creates an environment in which to experience both this infamous event and the world in which it existed. Lifting the lid on an exceptional piece of propaganda, Entartet explores a very dark side of populism which is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago.

Tickets for the performance element of Entartet are free, and can be booked in advance by calling Traverse Box Office (0131 228 1404<tel:0131%20228%201404>). Also available on the door but please be aware there is limited capacity.


Old Ambulance Depot, 77 Brunswick Street Edinburgh, EH7 5HS<x-apple-data-detectors://11>

Wednesday 7<x-apple-data-detectors://12> and Thursday 8 November 2012<x-apple-data-detectors://13>:

Installation 11am - 4.30pm<x-apple-data-detectors://14> / installation & performance 5.30pm - 8.30pm<x-apple-data-detectors://15>

Friday 9<x-apple-data-detectors://16> and Saturday 10 November 2012<x-apple-data-detectors://17>:

Installation 11am - 2pm<x-apple-data-detectors://18> / installation & performance 3pm - 6.30pm<x-apple-data-detectors://19>

Eleanor Scott
Projects Manager
Vanishing Point

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