Rabe perplexum, Der Weg zum Erfolg führt Abwärts, performance for the exhibition Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität at Galerie der Künstler, Munich, 1984, photograph, photo: Stephan Hädrich (attributed), Monacensia, Rabe perplexum Estate, Copyright: Stephan Hädrich
Screening & Talk
25 March 2023, 5 pm
Nicht Mann, nicht Frau, nur Rabe with Rabe perplexum (1984, 43:14 min.)
Introduction: Philipp Gufler
The curatorial team guides through the exhibition at 4 pm.
Rabe perplexum was part of the Munich art scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Their queer identities went beyond the binary categories of “she” and “he”. In their media works and performances, Rabe often involved lovers, family, friends and casual acquaintances and performed with them in art institutions, theatres, music clubs and public spaces. The event at the Kunsthaus Hamburg will focus on the film Nicht Mann, nicht Frau, nur Rabe (WDR, 1984, Raganelli/Wickler) and artist Philipp Gufler, who has intensively dealt with the work of Rabe perplexum in the context of the exhibition Eccentric 80s: Tabea Blumenschein, Hilka Nordhausen, Rabe perplexum, and Contemporary Accomplices.
Philipp Gufler works in various media, including screen printing on fabric and mirrors, artist books, performances and video installations. For the video installation Projection on the Crisis (Gauweilereien in Munich), he began researching the self-organised Forum Queeres Archiv München, of which he has been an active member ever since. The human body is a central theme in his practice, playing an important role in his series of screen prints on mirrors and the video installation The Responsive Body. In his quilts, a series of screen-printed fabrics, Gufler references artists, writers, magazines and lost queer spaces. His most recent video Lana Kaiser is a personal portrait of the German singer. Philipp Gufler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and participated in the artist residencies De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine, USA and Delfina Foundation in London. His artist books include: Projektion auf die Krise, I Wanna Give You Devotion, Quilt #01-#30, Lana Kaiser, Indirekte Berührung, Cosy bei Cosy and A Shrine To Aphrodite.
The research and catalog are supported by Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Bundesprogramm “Neustart Kultur” der Stiftung Kunstfonds as well as Spartenoffene Förderung and the bezirklichen Förderfonds der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Erwin und Gisela von Steiner-Stiftung, Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse München, Liebelt-Stiftung Hamburg, Neustart Kultur-Stipendium der Stiftung Kunstfonds, Prinzessin Therese von Bayern-Stiftung, Stiftung IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute, Düsseldorf and Mondriaan Fund. Kindly supported by Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus.