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Throughout his life, Christoph Schlingensief (Oberhausen, 1960–Berlin, 2010) transgressed artistic and institutional boundaries in his oeuvre, which spans film, theater, opera, performance and installation. His works comment on and react to their social contexts, touching on topics such as fascism, German history, religion, the institution of the family and media representations of current events.  His radical, challenging demands for reaction and dedication from his collaborators secure Schlingensief's exceptional position in contemporary art discourse. 

Not beholden to any one medium, Schlingensief moved between genres and disciplines dealing with political extremism and social discontentment, German history and the present, combining these issues with universal questions relating to faith and superstition, truth and deception, and life and death. Whether creating films, critiquing German society, establishing his own political party, or building a reproduction of his childhood chapel, Schlingensief engaged deeply with his cultural and artistic milieu. He directed plays by Shakespeare and operas by Wagner, and was profoundly influenced by Joseph Beuys, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and the Viennese Actionists. Christoph Schlingensief is the first solo exhibition in an American museum dedicated to his work. 

Christoph Schlingensief is organized at MoMA PS1 in collaboration with KW Institute for Contemporary Art. 

The exhibition is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator-at-Large, The Museum of Modern Art; Anna-Catharina Gebbers, independent curator; and Susanne Pfeffer, Artistic Director at the Fridericianum, Kassel; in collaboration with Filmgalerie 451, Berlin.

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Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Susanne Pfeffer