2009, Fri, Jun 122009, Sun, Jun 14

Allen S. Weiss / Michel Nedjar, USA/France

Danse Macabre I (2004)

Allen S. Weiss & Michel Nedjar | Credits: Allen S. Weiss | Danse macabre I-II | Courtesy the artist

Allen S. Weiss & Michel Nedjar | Credits: Allen S. Weiss | Danse macabre I-II | Courtesy the artist


How might we envision the Totentanz at the beginning of the 21st century? The presence of seven intensely grotesque rag-dolls, inspired by traditional Dance of Death iconography, resonates with a disembodied voice chanting the story of the dolls in an imaginary, disarticulate language. Simultaneously marionette theater and teratological theater; tableau vivant and tableau mort; shadow theater and theater of shades. A child's worst nightmares encounter an adult's most dreadful premonitions.


Michel Nedjar is undisputedly one of the most important artists of the French "Art Brut" movement; his art is unconventional, self-taught, and stands outside the mainstream art market. Allen S. Weiss has published over 40 books on topics ranging from the philosophy of landscape architecture to experimental theater. (Allen S. Weiss)


Artists’ Talk with Allen S. Weiss and Michel Nedjar, Sat 13.6. 20 h


See also:

„Danse Macabre II“ continues the subject as a sound installation

„Danse Macabre III“ , a lecture-performance by Allen S. Weiss