PAVEL SCHMIDT: FRANZ KAFKA - VERSCHRIEBEN & VERZEICHNET (Written & Drawn)
September 13 - October 16, 2011
A Kafka cycle: forty-nine sketches created over the past four years by Pavel Schmidt, Swiss painter, illustrator, and installation artist. The title of each drawing is the name of a character from one of Kafka’s narratives or someone the author personally knew. Schmidt juxtaposes each drawing with a fragment from Kafka’s previously unpublished writings, which are here presented in the German with English translations. The texts are not meant to explain the images, nor the images the texts. There is nevertheless a correlation between the works of the two artists: for Kafka, writing was an inner necessity. He created his characters by wrestling with, rejecting, molding, and inventing language—a creative process that Pavel Schmidt deliberately explores in his work. The cycle has been previously exhibited in Zürich, Berlin, Prague, New York, and Princeton.
Panel discussion and opening reception Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011
Opening Remarks: Prof. John Hamilton (Harvard). Critical Engagements: Prof. Stanley Corngold (Princeton), Prof. Judith Ryan (Harvard), Prof. Andreas Kilcher (Zürich), and Prof. Almut-Barbara Renger (Berlin).Response: Pavel Schmidt
This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Departments of Comparative Literature and German, and made possible with support from the Consulate of Switzerland and Pro Helvetia.