When artist Sarah Morris met the legendary film director Alexander Kluge a few years ago, the circumstances were unusual. She was looking for a striking, Wizard-of-Oz-type male voice to record her screenplay. Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist introduced her to Alexander Kluge, and over the years that followed, their first project developed into a productive collaboration bridging New York, Munich, and Berlin.

For their latest collaboration at KÖNIG GALERIE, Kluge penned a series of short stories for Morris – The Mermaid, Cats in Space, and Grief Work for Kittens – which she took to her studio in New York and recorded. She then produced three films based on them, which are now showing in Berlin. They are projected onto her work The Conversation, which Morris created specially for the joint show. A further work takes the two back to the beginning of their first encounter: the famous Sound Graphs series, which is now on show in Berlin.

Here, Morris used the recordings she had originally invited Alexander Kluge to the mic for and created sharp-edged geometric forms that undulate across the screen, creating highs and lows, to be read like a painterly translation of Kluge’s voice. Alexander Kluge’s Cats and Ghosts comprises five screens showing films by the man himself, many of them made in collaboration with Sarah Morris. But they also include other protagonists from the art world, with homages to Paul Klee, James Ensor, and Katsushika Hokusai. On the walls are four series of prints on aluminium.

The joint exhibition was originally intended to be held in Tokyo but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. KÖNIG GALERIE is now delighted to be hosting the exhibition in Berlin, with further new additions.

© Text by Alexander Kluge



Alexander Kluge (b. 1932 in Halberstadt, Germany) is a German filmmaker, television producer, writer, screenwriter, and lawyer.

Kluge is considered one of the most versatile German intellectuals. In the 1960s and 1970s, he gained prominence as one of the most influential figures in the New German Cinema, which he helped co-found and advance in both theory and practice. As an author, he made a name for himself primarily through short stories and was part of the circle of the Group 47. He also authored scientific and philosophical works. In 1987, he founded the production company dctp, through which he successfully established a platfor...
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Sarah Morris (b. 1967 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England) lives and works in New York City, USA. Morris studied at the Brown and Cambridge Universities and participated in the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is best known for her large-format raster works.

Her works have been presented in solo shows at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia, USA (2000), Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (2000, 2012); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2000, 2001); Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., USA (2002); Miami MOCA, Miami, USA (2002); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2005)...
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