Über das Marionettentheater / On the Marionette Theatre
An exhibition devoted to Heinrich von Kleists text
Kleist-Museum, Frankfurt am Oder, Germany
February 23 - June 21, 2020

Seldom has a text provoked so many questions and interpretations as ,Über das Marionettentheater’ by Heinrich von Kleist. German scholars, theater and dance scholars as well as puppeteers and dancers work on the text again and again. The exhibition focuses on the dialogical structure of Kleist‘s text. In the first space, visitors are invited to walk through three interactive stations and through play contemplate the themes of Kleists text: absolute beauty, imperfection of a human, a possibility of paradise. A black band weaves through the stations and lists all the dialogical words that Kleist used in the text. Upon leaving, the visitor is confronted with a shed. In the viewing hole on its side there is a vision of a paradise, however as they enter it they walk through a staged kitschy darkroom of a night club. As Kleist would tell us, “paradise is locked and bolted”.

Curatorial Team: Kleist-Museum, Dr. Barbara Gribnitz