visual arts


>> Festival headquarter at the Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum (tim)

>>  opening ceremony: Sunday, 20/2/2022, 2 p.m.

>> exhibition: Monday, 21/2/2022- Sunday, 27/2/2022

>> Tickets for the exhibition are available on site during the opening times below

digital program

>> Sunday, 20/2/2022, 2 p.m.: opening ceremony as live stream

>> afterwards available in the media library

>> Tickets

opening hours

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
4.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
8 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.*
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
12.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
9 a.m. – noon
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
11 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.


* only open during and in combination with the evening event


Zoe Beloff (New York, USA): „Parade of the Old New“

In the summer of 2020, the photos from Washington went all around the world: several dozen activists and artists had painted the words “Black Lives Matter” in huge bright yellow lettering on the road in front of the official residence of the American president. They had done so in response to Trump’s handling of the racist police violence and the riots which followed the murder of George Floyd. Artist Zoe Beloff adds another protester to the scene: “Change the world: it needs it” is written on his cardboard sign. Bertolt Brecht has therefore arrived in contemporary American history. His poem, the “Old New”, is the starting point for Zoe Beloff’s powerful historical painting, the “PARADE OF THE OLD NEW”. The Brecht Festival is showcasing her work as part of a group exhibition at the festival headquarters at the tim, along with three films in which Brecht appears in different ways in the present. Zoe Beloff’s work addresses the social and political developments in the USA from the perspective of Brecht. Brecht spent six years in the USA in exile. Cut off from his native language, he was an attentive observer of both his surroundings and the war in Europe and the rest of the world.

About the exhibition

Grischa Meyer/Holger Teschke (Berlin): „Bertolt Brechts PAPIERKRIEG. Exil in Amerika (1941-1947)“

Grischa Meyer and Holger Teschke have reconstructed and artistically reworked this period on the basis of historical newspaper cuttings, diary entries and correspondence that Brecht kept during this time. “Brecht’s Paper War. Exile in America 1941-1947” provides the historical context and a biographical perspective which consistently complements Beloff’s work.

About the exhibition

Emine Sevgi Özdamar (Berlin): „Collagen“

The third artist in the group is Emine Sevgi Özdamar, an actress and writer who went into exile in Europe following the military coup in Turkey in the 1970s. In the divided Berlin, she studied the “Theatre of Brecht”. She met Heiner Müller at the Volksbühne theatre and went on to meet Thomas Brasch in Bochum. At this time, she created a series of working collages for the Brasch play “Lieber Georg” (director: Matthias Langhoff), which are being shown at the Brecht Festival headquarters for the first time. These show Özdamar’s visual approach to Brasch’s text, an indestructible poetic force which asserts itself with resistance and inward freedom both against and in the face of all political constraints. It is this resistance to the violence and populist tropes of fascism which each of the three themes in the exhibition celebrate.

 About the exhibition

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