Benjamin Piekut, Professor Tamara Levitz (UCLA) and Professor Helan H L Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University) at Specters of Communism , Photo: Marion Vogel

Nov 16–21, 2017

Specters of Communism

A Festival on the Revolutionary Century


Nov 16–21, 2017

Haus der Kunst, München

On the occasion of the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia and nearly one hundred years after Kurt Eisner declared Bavaria a Free State and a socialist republic at the Mathäser-Bräu in Munich, Haus der Kunst will convene Specters of Communism: A Festival on the Revolutionary Century. This festival will trace the multifaceted, partly contrary and partly astonishingly parallel manifestations of global communism.

Conceived as a sequence of live events, the festival will bring together participants from across the fields of art, philosophy, political theory, theatre, performance, art history, film studies, and music in order to unfold the historical legacies of communism as a major feature of 20th and 21st century artistic, intellectual and political thought.

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Specters of Communism – A Festival on the Revolutionary Century is conceived and organized by Haus der Kunst in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as part of the HKW long-term project 100 Years of Now, which is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.