Hg.: Erdmut Wizisla

Benjamin and Brecht - Thinking in Extremes - Commissioned by the Akademie der Künste & edited by Erdmut Wizisla.

(German title: Benjamin und Brecht)
ca. 240 pages
Erdmut Wizisla

Erdmut Wizisla

Erdmut Wizisla, born in 1958, is director of the Bertolt Brecht Archives as well as director of the Walter Benjamin Archives at the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) Berlin.

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Though different, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht were connected to each other through a »strong literary friendship« (Elisabeth Hauptmann). As contemporaries in the century of the extreme they developed models of art and of observing art, of politics, of thinking, and of life, at times in a »tentatively extreme« manner, at times playfully. All in all, the conversations between the famous Svendborger chess players may remind us of the royal game itself: full of attrition tactics, surprise attacks, retreats, strategic partnerships, checkmates—and then another game.


On the occasion of an exhibition at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin the present volume collects essays and artistic commentaries (drawings, prints, photographs, montages), which cast bright light onto an extraordinary constellation.

With texts from Minou Arjomand, Zoe Beloff, Barbara Hahn, Alexander Kluge, Bernd-Peter Lange, Thomas Martin, Ursula Marx, Frank M. Raddatz, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Kristin Schulz, Marcus Steinweg, B. K. Tragelehn, and Erdmut Wizisla as well as artistic contributions from Adam Broomberg/Oliver Chanarin, Edmund de Waal, Felix Martin Furtwängler, Mark Lammert, Jonas Maron, and Steffen Thiemann