Claus Bremer. mitspiel. theater and poetry 1949–1994
A landscape with river. Four men stand in front of this image. They hold a shower armature to that picture. They want to show that the water is now real and runs out of the picture.
Sat, July 05, 2014 – Sun, October 05, 2014

The current boom in art − participation of public − and what theater-makers like Rimini Protokoll and Hofmann & Lindholm are practicing − the mobilization of the audience − has a history. In 1958 dramaturge and poet Claus Bremer (1924–1996) began designing new approaches to theater performance in Darmstadt and Ulm, which he developed in conjunction with the »open form« in music, the interactive methods of kinetic art and the text constellations of concrete poetry.

On July 11, 2014, Claus Bremer would have turned 90 − good occasion to dedicate a solo-exhibition to his work.

The exhibition traces the dramaturgy of Bremer’s development from poet and translator to dramaturge. Between the years 1948 and 1954, Bremer belonged to the »Gruppe der Fragmente«, which stood for the mediation of modern literature, above all, from the USA. In their Revue »für moderne Dichtung. Fragmente«, they published texts by Ezra Pound, Charles Olson and Henry Miller in Karlsruhe and Freiburg, and were thus far in advance of the contemporary literary scene in the Federal Republic of Germany.