«Warum Kunst?»
Milo Rau

17th November – 18th December 2022

Milo Rau, Das Neue Evangelium, 2020. Photo: Fruitmarket, Langfilm, IIPM, Armin Smailovic.

Milo Rau, Das Neue Evangelium, video still, 2020. Photo: Armin Smailovic.

Late Night Opening: Thursday, 17 November 2022, 10 p.m.
Guided Tour on Tuesday: Tuesday, 22 November 2022, 6 p.m.
(afterwards introduction for teachers
Guided Tour on Sunday: Sunday, 18 December 2022, 3 p.m.

The Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is pleased to present the exhibition «Warum Kunst?» (engl. «Why art?») by Milo Rau (*1977 in Berne/CH). The show looks back on 15 years of art and activism by the theatre director and author who grew up in St.Gallen. His activities and projects range from the controversial action City of Change, advocating for the introduction of voting rights for foreigners in St.Gallen, to the people's trials in Moscow and Zurich. He has also opened a film school in Mosul/IQ and last year created the film Das Neue Evangelium, a contemporary reimagining of the Passion of the Christ. Prompted by Rau's work, the exhibition poses fundamental questions: How does radical, socially engaged art operate? Is a global, transnational art possible? What are microecologies? Can art change the world, or: why art at all?

The exhibition will feature video and film works, installations, and archival materials, placing different projects in relation to one another. This will give the audience a deeper insight into Rau's visual laboratory, artistic thinking and political activism. Familiar but also new and surprising aspects of Rau’s work can be experienced in the exhibition.

On 17 November, 2022 Milo Rau will receive the Great Culture Prize of the St.Gallen Kulturstiftung, which honours "his diverse, internationally renowned, significant and courageous works”. The Kunst Halle is very pleased to offer another platform to present his groundbreaking artistic practice.

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