La Villette

(La Villette)

GDR, 1990, 53 min, color
In German; English subtitles


Only two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in January 1990, almost two hundred controversial East German visual and performance artists, including Jürgen Böttcher, the Autoperforation Artists, Via Lewandowsky, Trak Wendisch, Conny Hege, Klaus Killisch, Helga Paris and Hanns Schimansky, presented works rarely shown in the GDR at the exhibition space in the former La Villette slaughterhouses on the outskirts of Paris.


The three-day exhibition, L'autre Allemagne hors les murs (The Other Germany Outside the Walls), was curated by East German art historian Christoph Tannert and French journalist Maurice Najman in France.


In Kroske’s documentation, historical footage from Georges Franju’s 1949 film Le Sang des bêtes (Blood of the Beasts) and texts from Les Chants de Maldorer (The Songs of Maldoror), by Comte de Lautréamont, blend to create a nuanced time capsule of this unique event.

Press comments

“A great document of the times!”
tip, Berlin


L’autre Allemagne hors les murs [was] a revision of the generally accepted real-existing socialist aesthetic.”


“A filmic exploration of the GDR’s artistic underground.”
— Ralf Schenk, Berliner Zeitung


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DVD Bonus Features:
  • Bio & Filmographies, including featured artists and curators
  • “Making La Villette” – Q&A with Gerd Kroske (2012)
  • “Real Time,” by Maurice Najman
  • “Echo of an Avant-Garde and Flashes of die Szene,” Maurice Najman interviews Christoph Tannert
  • Films Screened at La Villette
  • Original exhibition poster
  • German media responses to the exhibit

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