Hubert Fichte with a Dan mask, 1979
© 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
Exhibitions in New York and 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: projectfichte.org
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