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Harry Kramer
© Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel, Bildarchiv


25. January 2017 – 17. April 2017


A cooperation with the documenta archive and the city of Kassel

With the cabinet exhibition, the documenta Archive, which oversees the Harry Kramer Archive in the Aschrotthaus, the City of Kassel and the Museum for Sepulchral Culture honoured the versatile actor, dancer, puppeteer, artist and professor of sculpture at the Kassel Art Academy: Harry Kramer. He died 20 years ago on February 20, 1997, and the artists' necropolis at Blauer See in the Habichtswald Kassel, which was built in 1992, was his last major art project. With the necropolis he wanted to offer artists a possibility to create authentic works. So far nine tombs have been realized. Harry Kramer himself was buried anonymously in the artists' necropolis.

"The work on one's own digging machine (is) the only possibility to realize a counter-world, independent of conditions and orders on a terrain that is not determined by cultural bureaucrats but by colleagues. We all become very thoughtful when it comes to a monument of our own mortality or immortality," says Kramer. His five short experimental films, produced with cameraman Wolfgang Ramsbott, were honored with prizes, such as the film "Die Stadt" (1956), which received the US "Award of Distinction". The four other films will bring the Federal Film Prize and the "Grand Prix de Leone" in Venice. Harry Kramer was an internationally acclaimed artist with his mechanical theatre (1952), the so-called automotive sculptures and experimental films. In 1970 he was appointed professor at the Kassel Academy of Fine Arts (today's Academy of Arts). He put his own art production on hold and subsequently created and exhibited art together with his students under the name Atelier Kramer. The 1970s and 1980s saw the creation of sensational collaborative works, actions and performances. He also gained great recognition here. All initiators felt very close to the artist Harry Kramer and presented a joint exhibition in his honour and on the 20th anniversary of his death.


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