Thomas Bernhard and the Theatre

A new exhibition
Thomas Bernhard bei den Proben zu Heldenplatz Burgtheater, 1988. © IMAGNO/Harry Weber

An exhibition of Thomas Bernhard's theatrical work to open at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (via Twitchelmore):
The exhibition marking the twentieth anniversary of Thomas Bernhard’s death offers a comprehensive survey of his work for the theatre, with the focus on the two Austrian cities where many of his plays had their premieres: Salzburg and Vienna. With the help of five plays first performed in these two cities, the exhibition illustrates central aspects of Bernhard’s work for the stage. The main focus is on how Bernhard created and developed Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige (The Ignoramus and the Madman, 1972), Die Macht der Gewohnheit (The Force of Habit, 1974), Der Theatermacher (Histrionics, 1985), Ritter, Dene, Voss (1986), and Heldenplatz (1988). All five plays deal with art and artistic work in the context of a period marked by its hostility to art, with the futile struggle for perfection and dominance, but also with Austrian politics. [Read More]