Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet premiered in Stuttgart in 1922 to mixed reactions of outrage and enthusiasm. Today, a hundred years later, it is celebrated all over the world, and the Bauhaus artist’s complex world of ideas has lost none of its appeal. The Staatsgalerie remains firmly committed to Schlemmer’s legacy. Our archive preserves the artist’s papers, and our collection encompasses the largest body of his work, including seven figurines from the Triadic Ballet. To this day, Stuttgart remains a key location for anyone interested in Schlemmer.
The centenary provides us with an occasion to take a fresh look at the Triadic Ballet through the prism of the present. Three internationally renowned artists – Ulla von Brandenburg, Kalin Lindena and Haegue Yang – have been invited to present large-scale works that engage with Schlemmer’s ideas and investigate their significance today. Wandering through and exploring the expansive installations offers visitors a new gallery experience. At the same time, the exhibition provides insights into the cosmos of the Triadic Ballet and its reception all the way to the present day.
Where do we stand today in terms of our image of man, whom Oskar Schlemmer perceived as a ‘machine human’ in 1922? And how visionary can art be in times of social upheaval? Taking the utopian potential of the Triadic Ballet as our starting point, we explore these current and historical questions in our own dance and performance festival, which will be developed in cooperation with the independent dance scene and be held in Stuttgart’s public urban space.
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