From Art to Music, a New Metamorphosis for Kafka

From Art to Music, a New Metamorphosis for Kafka
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It’s happening at the Fondazione Prada, where the creations of three amazing artists come together to pay homage to the celebrated writer from Prague. It all starts with the installation piece The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s "Amerika" (1994), in which Martin Kippenberger creates an epilogue for the unfinished but brilliant novel. According to scholar Wilhelm Emrich, America is “one of the most visionary poetic revelations that the world knows on industrial society”. In the sights of both Kafka and Kippenberger is a theme which is even more felt today than at the start of the 1900s - that of the job interview, which the German artist stages in a Circus tent. The next stop in this trilogy is the film The Trial by Orson Welles (1964), based on the novel of the same title by Kafka. In this masterpiece by the American director, black humour and dreamlike atmospheres depict the paradoxical story of citizen Josef K. On the big screen at the Fondazione Prada, the majestic photography and remarkable scenery can be appreciated at its best. Meanwhile, in the Cistern space, Kafka’s The Castle becomes an album’s worth of music by Tangerine Dreams, perfectly placed in a stunningly evocative space.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano