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Donaufest 2024: KATALIN LADIK – Poesie as Rebellion – Performance and Artist Talk at kunsthalle weishaupt

The International Donaufest Ulm/Neu-Ulm, Ulmer Lyriksommer, the Museum Ulm and kunsthalle weishaupt present:

As part of the exhibition “A new spelling of museum. Part 1: A-L” at the Museum Ulm in the kunsthalle weishaupt, Katalin Ladik will present the performance “Memory of Water”, which is based on the concept of the Danube Festival, which is dedicated to the river and the culture of the 10 Danube countries.

The artist and poet Katalin Ladik is a key figure in the Central and Eastern European art scene. Since 1962, she has created a significant body of artistic work, utilising expressive forms of concrete and visual poetry, sound art and movement. Radical, provocative and innovative, Ladik broke the taboos of socialism, questioned and challenged the boundaries of genres and constantly expanded the field of her forms of expression. She works at the interface of established and new performance traditions, from theatre and film to happenings, rituals and photo performances. Her own voice and body are always important tools.

Born in 1942, Katalin Ladik grew up bilingual – Hungarian and Serbian – in the culturally diverse Novi Sad in Yugoslavia (now Serbia). In the male-dominated art world of the 1960s, she focused intensively on the status of women in socialist society and mythological themes, particularly those of the Balkans. International neo-avant-garde practices were the starting point for her artistic work.

Ladik has received several awards and has had numerous national and international exhibitions. Her work comprises over 25 books. Her retrospective exhibition “Oooooooo-pus” is currently on a European tour. Ladik has lived in Budapest since 1992.

The programme was realised with the support of the Liszt Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre Stuttgart, the Peter Horvath Foundation, the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and the Literatursommer 2024.


Greetings: Katalin Ladik (sound poetry performance), Dr Stefanie Dathe (greeting), Christiane Wachsmann (moderation), Esther Siegmund-Heineke (translation from Hungarian)

Venue: kunsthalle weishaupt | Guest exhibition “Museum neu buchstabiert.Teil 1: A-L” by Museum Ulm at kunsthalle weishaupt, Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl-Platz 1, 89073 Ulm

Participation: Admission free. Please arrive early as the number of visitors is limited to 45 people!



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