Wed 01.02.2023 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Neue Nationalgalerie
Talk | Lecture / Adults

Talk with Thomas Röske and Javier Téllez

The exhibition queries and discusses images of society prevailing at the collection’s time of origin and draws an arc tot he present day. Who is part of a society and who is not? A contemporary commentary is provided by the film work „Rotations (Prometheus and Zwitter)“ by the contemporary artist Javier Téllez. The film explores the role of the so-called outsider art - a term that defines the art of people with exceptional psychological experiences. Works by patients in psychiatric hospitals were discovered as a source of inspiration by avantgarde artists at the beginning of the 20th century, as they saw an anti-academic, authentic form of expression manifested in this art. Illustrative material for outsider art was found in collections assembled by doctors, such as that of the Heidelberg art historian and psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn. National Socialist propaganda used outsider art as comparative material to defame modern art as pathological. To this end, works from the Prinzhorn Collection were shown in the traveling exhibition „Degenerate Art“. In conversation with the artist, Thomas Röske, art historian and head of the Prinzhorn Collection at Heidelberg University Hospital, discusses the various historical instrumentalizations of outsider art as well as its position in art and society today.

The talk will be held in English.


The events will take place as part of a lecture series from September 2022 to June 2023, on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. 
Afterwards, the exhibition can be visited until 10 pm.

Participation in the lecture and admission to the exhibition are free of charge. 
Online booking required.

The event series is made possible by the Ferdinand-Möller-Stiftung, Berlin.