Goethe’s “Faust” is the world’s most celebrated work in German literature. Since its publication in the early 19th century, it has fascinated countless artists, challenging them to create their own variations on the theme. The Kunsthalle Munich’s exhibition “You are Faust. Goethe’s Drama in the Arts” presents numerous paintings, prints and drawing, sculptures, photographs, soundtracks and films by around 70 artists from Europe and the US, like Eugène Delacroix, Charles Gounod, Max Beckmann, Karl Lagerfeld, Sigmar Polke, Martin Scorsese, Anselm Kiefer and Robert Mapplethorpe. The pact with the devil, the romantic encounter with Margarete, the betrayal, Faust’s self-oblivion in the orgiastic rites of Walpurgis Night, Margarete’s social ostracism, her despairing infanticide and tragic descent into madness: all these scenes have suffused Europe’s cultural history to the present day.
Edited by Roger Diederen and Thorsten Valk, assisted by Sophie Borges and Nerina Santorius.
With essays by Philip Ajouri, Dieter Borchmeyer, Ingo Borges, Sophie Borges, Gesa von Essen, Christian
Hecht, Stefan Höppner, Johannes Rößler, Nerina Santorius and Thorsten Valk.
Published by Prestel, 304 pages, 276 colour illustrations, 23,5 x 28,5 cm, hardcover.
Price at the Kunsthalle: € 29