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Hommage à Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Press release


Der Goldene Reiter in Faustrecht der Freiheit aka Fox and His Friends – Hommage à Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cosima von Bonin, Cecily Brown, Genieve Figgis, Sarah Lucas, Sophie Reinhold, Dana Schutz, Elaine Sturtevant, Raphaela Vogel, Georg Baselitz, Peter Doig, Angus Fairhurst, Nick Goss, Eberhard Havekost, Gregor Hildebrandt, Martin Kippenberger, Jonathan Meese, Raymond Pettibon, Norbert Schwontkowski, Dash Snow, Tobias Spichtig, Spencer Sweeney, Tal R, Wolfgang Tillmans, Herbert Volkmann, Christopher Wool


Nobody has revolutionized German post-war cinema quite like Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945–1982). The radical artistic aspirations he pursued during his short but fruitful career live on up to this day and serve as a driving force behind the group exhibition Der Goldene Reiter in Faustrecht der Freiheit aka Fox and His Friends. Bringing together various contemporary positions, the impulse of this exhibition is, rather than to provide an overview of his life and work, to shed new light on his long-lasting artistic authority, his aesthetic innovation and subversive politics.

The exhibition borrows its title from RWF’s film Fox and His Friends (1975) as a tribute to his complex legacy on the occasion of what would have been his 75th birthday and stages a dialogue with contemporary artworks through associations and atmospheric connections to both his creative output, as well as what was his cultural and political present.