About the exhibition:

Pause. Bewegte Fragmente: Valeska Gert / Pause. Fragments in Motion: Valeska Gert
was an exhibition I curated together with the artist Wolfgang Müller at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (Sept. 17, 2010 - Febr. 6, 2011, extended until Apr. 10, 2011). The quite forgotten Berlin artist, performer, dancer, actress Valeska Gert (1892-1978) used the body as a material to critique modernity. The exhibition title Pause. refers to Gert's performance in the early 1920s. Gert embodied and performed the pause through non-movement of the body. A single existing visual document, a photograph printed in 1928, formed the basis for the exhibition. For the exhibition, Wolfgang Müller made a silkscreen with the photo accompanied by a pause in red.

An accompanying source book was published in a limited edition by Hybriden Verlag, Berlin. It includes an unpublished interview with Valeska Gert of 1977, an interview with her pianist Georg Kreisler, an article "Über den Tanz" written by Valeska Gert in the 1930s, and exhibition material such as two videos by Ernst Mitzka capturing Valeska Gert's Baby and Death performed in 1969, and a DVD with excerpts from films (by Fellini, Fassbinder, etc) in which Valeska Gert took acting roles.