Literature archives preserve the traces of writers and their literary figures in a variety of ways, be it in the form of visual materials, death masks, and naturally and not least of all, in the form of texts. The experimental exhibition “Moving Literature”, developed by the literary scholar Heike Gfrereis, aims to explore new formats for the literature exhibition genre. To this end, Gfrereis is working with artists and programmers to present texts and collection pieces from the literature archive which are immersive or performative in character.

The exhibition begins with the early developments of literary cabaret in the first three decades. Selected items from the estates of Christian Morgenstern, Otto Julius Bierbaum, Joachim Ringelnatz, Kurt Tucholsky and Erich Kästner will be supplemented by loans from other archives during the exhibition and presented in a larger context, namely the history of laughter in literature and in the archive. How, when and what do we laugh about in an exhibition? And what happens when the boundaries between the stage, the concert hall and the museum are crossed?

The accompanying festival #wahlverwandschaften (elective affinities), organised by the German Literature Archive (DLA) Marbach in cooperation with the Ludwigsburg Festival, will take place at the end of May/beginning of June 2019.

Artistic directors: Heike Gfrereis, Sandra Richter
Artists and researchers: Tanya Blaich (US), Steffen Bogen, Gabriel Kahane (US), Christoph Israel, Sebastian Padó, Stephan Schwan, Alexander Schwarz, Peer Trilcke, Thomas Wördehoff

  • Date

    19.05. –


    Lachen. Kabarett (Laughing)

    Literaturmuseum der Moderne | Marbach


Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach

Schillerhöhe 8-10
71672 Marbach am Neckar