This was my day of departure. As usually, I took a train in the late afternoon, to reach home in the evening. Typically I plan a light touristic „lady’s program“ for the morning, which means a mixture of window shopping, sight seeing and coffee party, if there would not have been the exhibition „Power to the People“ at the Schirn.
And so I again headed for Schirn, for one more exhibition and left amazed hours later. 48 contemporary artworks about democracy to be in crisis, due to artists from Germany, England, Belgium, and the United States to Turkey, Israel and Libya. The works call political positions into question, illustrate forms of protest, and set sights on artistic involvement. Installations, photographs, videos, paintings and sculptures document the erosion of democratic achievements and the active pressure of the new mass movements. My personal highlight: a video „Ballerinas & Police“. Turkish artist Halil Altindere shows an absurd fight between art and might, accompanied by Tchaikowsky’s Swanlake danced below a portrait of Erdogan. To kill time until the departure of my train, wasn’t a problem; Frankfurt has a magnificent station. It is a terminus station, which means that every train, urban or even long-distance, has to pass you twice. You can sit down at a strategically favourable place and wait for the painted coaches, passing by. For train spotters a most pleasent way to waste time. At this special day the writers meant well with me. Painted urban trains are nice, but a blinding white ICE intercity express is special. So I sat a while and watched the ballet of trains.
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