Cabaret: 90 Years after

“Life is a cabaret.” Everybody knows this line from the song which has been recorded by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Liza Minnelli, Brenda Lee and Frankie Vaughn:

“What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a cabaret, old chum.
Come to the Cabaret.”

The musical Cabaret is set in Berlin in the years 1929/1930. Weimar Germany is about to collapse. The Nazi party is getting stronger and their thugs spread terror among jews, pacifists, centrists and left-wingers. Yet, the show has to go on in the dubious Kit Kat Klub, but the end is already in sight.

Lutz Anders, the untiring organizer of mail art events, had the idea to transform the hook line into the 2020s – and inspired 230 artists from 43 countries.

The exhibition took place at the Kunstraum Reuter, a well known venue for contemporary art, between October 8 and 19. The wonderful catalog has immediately become a collector’s item. Gerald is lucky to own number 67 of 300 which includes his his collage of Pussy Riot’s fight against the Russian authorities.

Published by Marius van der Graaf

artist, musician, write & traveler

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