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	Image: David Chesworth Richter-Meinhof/Opera 2010 Performance at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

David Chesworth: Richter/Meinhof-Opera

After a libretto by Tony MacGregor

Presented by Wax Sound Media and Art Gallery of New South Wales

What happens when the German artist Gerhard Richter and the jailed-journalist-turned-terrorist Ulrike Meinhof are placed in the same room?

For two nights the Gallery will host David Chesworth’s latest performance work, Richter/Meinhof-Opera.

Richter/Meinhof-Opera has its origins in the controversial painting series October 18, 1977 by Gerhard Richter. The paintings depict scenes surrounding the apparent suicides of jailed members of the notorious Baader/Meinhof Group responsible for a deadly campaign to overthrow the West German establishment. Derived from archival newspaper photographs, the paintings caused a sensation when first exhibited in Germany in 1989.

Drawing on the writings of both Richter and Meinhof and records of actual events, this intimate performance artwork is set to a series of compelling soundscapes by Chesworth.

Richter/Meinhof-Opera entangles art with politics, the real with the ritualised, and the personal with the State.

Featuring performers Luisa Hastings Edge and Hugo Race

Image: David Chesworth Richter-Meinhof/Opera 2010 Performance at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Friday 8 June 2012, 6.30pm
(Friday 8.10pm performance cancelled)
Saturday 9 June 2012, 6.30pm & 8.10pm

Non-member & member $30

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Online bookings close Friday 4.30pm.

Session 1: 6.30pm doors open, drinks served. 7pm–7.45 Performance.
Session 2: 8.10pm doors open. 8.30pm–9.15pm performance. Drinks served after.

Each performance is 45 minutes, no interval
Price includes a glass of wine.
Please note this performance includes adult themes and is not be suitable for children.

Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. Not negotiable.

Related event:
Art and politics forum, 16 May 2012

More information about Richter/Meinhof-Opera

Location: Grand Courts

Proudly supported by
Australia Council for the Arts


Friday 8 June 6:30pm – 7:45pm


Friday 8 June 8:10pm – 9:15pm


Saturday 9 June 6:30pm – 7:45pm


Saturday 9 June 8:10pm – 9:15pm