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Camaro und das Künstlerkabarett Die Badewanne

25 April - 24 July 2014, Camaro Haus

» Film of the opening night / 24 April 2014

Berlin 1949: Amidst the rubble of the city's war-ravaged landscape a group of painters, writers, dancers and musicians launched the artists' cabaret Die Badewanne ('The Bathtub'). They responded to their personal and often ambiguous experience of the recent past with intriguing, multifaceted theatrical productions and breathed new life into the city's emerging cultural scene. The Badewanne provided an experimental stage for the ideas of French Surrealism, for modernist art and the critical review of National Socialism.

The exhibition focuses on the creative crossover of artistic disciplines practiced by the group of artists behind the cabaret and shed light on the important role of the Badewanne in post-war Germany.

The painter Alexander Camaro was not only one of three key founding figures of the project, he also had years of professional stage experience. A dancer, circus artist and pantomime performer, he knew how to make his presence count in strikingly original ways.

The exhibition put together by the Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation is the first comprehensive presentation devoted the Badewanne artists' collective.

» Exhibition Flyer (PDF)

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Directed by Laurent Cros

The Salons continue the musical events programme at Camaro House. The current series is closely linked to the musical and literary programme of the Thursday evenings at the Badewanne. We pay homage to Theo Goldberg, resident pianist and musical director of the Badewanne. A student of Boris Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin from 1945 to 1950, he emigrated to Canada in 1954, where he enjoyed a distinguished career as a composer.

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 7.30 pm
Jewish Songs
Kleine Prosa by Franz Kafka
Duo Kolarova-Karamintzas
Galya Kolarova (piano) and Demetrios Karamintzas (oboe)

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 7.30 pm
Homage to Theo Goldberg
With an introduction by Barry Truax
(Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Kanada)

Accompanying Events
From the Badewanne to contemporary Experiments

Installations and Performance
Zwischenräume by Paula Anke
Bewegt by Isabelle Federkeil

2 - 4 Mai 2014

The two events accompanying the exhibition experiment with ideas developed by the artists' cabaret Die Badewanne. The equal status of different creative disciplines – here the fine arts, dance and music – and the concept of the 'moving image' are at the heart of the two evening events.

The painting Schaufenster in der Potsdamer Straße by Badewanne co-founder Alexander Camaro is the starting point for Paula Anke's two-part work Zwischenräume, an installation and a video. The 'unleashing' of the image allows the viewer to fathom the painting's inner life.

Isabelle Federkeil's installation Bewegt deals with the inner and outer driving forces of human motion. Her 'Fußmaschine' becomes an emblem for the relationship between rigidity and movement.

Zwischenräume by Paula Anke
Friday, 2 May 2014, 8.00 pm
AJLART, Potsdamer Str. 98A, 10785 Berlin

Bewegt by Isabelle Federkeil
Saturday, 3 May 2014, 7.00 pm
Camaro Haus, 3rd floor


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