Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology

2019, Oct 11, Fri — 2020, Jan 06, Mon

Hubert Fichte with a Dan mask, 1979

Hubert Fichte with a Dan mask, 1979

© bpk/ S. Fischer Stiftung/ Leonore Mau

© bpk/ S. Fischer Stiftung/ Leonore Mau

The writer and ethnologist Hubert Fichte (1935–1986) is considered a poetic and documentarian realist precursor for new disciplines in Germany 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.

In 2017, the cooperation project with the Goethe-Institut started out with the exhibitions in Lisbon, Salvador de Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. In 2018, there are exhibitions in Santiago de Chile, Dakar and New York, and finally in fall 2019 in Berlin at HKW.

Mistake! Mistake! said the rooster… and stepped down from the duck, exhibition at art space Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, curator: Jürgen Bock

Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte, exhibition at MAM – Museum of Modern Art, Salvador de Bahia and at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, curators: Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz and Amilcar Packer

Suprasensibilidades, exhibition at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), accompanied by a colloquium (part I&II, part III), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Santiago de Chile, curator: Mario Navarro

All of the wrongs that were in the world, I gathered them up, exhibition at RAW Material Company, Dakar, curators: Koyo Kouoh and Dulcie Abrahams Altass

Journeys with the initiated, exhibition at e-flux and Participant Inc, New York, curators: Yesomi Umolu, with Katja Rivera

Exhibition in Berlin (more information coming soon)

Artistic directors: Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke

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, a cooperation between Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, supported by S. Fischer Stiftung and S. Fischer Verlag. Artistic Directors: Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke. In the framework of the HKW project Kanon-Fragen, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag


Oct 10, 2019–Jan 6, 2020


Dec 3, 2018–Jan 13, 2019
New York

Sep 13–Nov 18, 2018
Santiago de Chile

Oct 5–24, 2018

Nov 25, 2017–Jan 13, 2018
Rio de Janeiro

Nov 7–Dec 17, 2017
Salvador de Bahia

Sep 23–Nov 5, 2017