Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology


© bpk/ S. Fischer Stiftung/ Leonore Mau

© bpk/ S. Fischer Stiftung/ Leonore Mau

The writer and ethnologist Hubert Fichte (1935–1986) is considered an early German source of inspiration for new disciplines such as Queer Studies and Postcolonial Studies: In his writings, economic criticism, (homo-) sexuality and self-reflection become methodical tools. With exhibitions and translations of his novels into the languages of the places that Hubert Fichte traveled with his life companion Leonore Mau, the project attempts to stimulate reception of his work there for the first time.

The project will launch in 2017 with the exhibition Mistake! Mistake! said the rooster… and stepped down from the duck in the art space Lumiar Cité in Lisbon (September 23 – November 5; co-curator: Jürgen Bock). The next exhibition Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte will take place at the MAM – Museum of Modern Art in Salvador de Bahia (November 7-17 December) and then move to Rio de Janeiro tothe Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica (November 25, 2017–January 13, 2018); co-curators: Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz and Amilcar Packer), in Santiago de Chile, New York, Dakar, and finally in Berlin at HKW.

Conceived by Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke in cooperation with other curators.

The exhibition project is being accompanied by a web journal offering insights into Fichte’s writing in German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Wolof and English:

Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology is a cooperation between Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, supported by S. Fischer Stiftung and S. Fischer Verlag. Part of The New Alphabet, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag

Sep 23–Nov 5, 2017

Nov 7–Dec 17, 2017
Salvador de Bahia

Nov 25, 2017–Jan 7, 2018
Rio de Janeiro