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Karl Marx and Capitalism

Karl Marx, like Richard Wagner, was among the most influential, world-renowned German personalities of the 19th century. Their impact continued unabated in the 20th century, and while their achievements are still greatly admired, they are also the object of great mistrust. In the exhibition on Karl Marx, we are examining his work and influence in the context of the 19th century. Karl Marx (again like Wagner) was reacting to the profound social and cultural transformation of his time. All privileges of the upper classes and all religious hierarchies had been seriously challenged by the French Revolution. In many parts of Europe, new forms of goods production and distribution grew up alongside agriculture and crafts. As a philosopher, journalist, economist and political activist, Marx created in this environment an oeuvre that is still drawn on today. The exhibition will focus on central topics of his thinking, such as economic crises, innovative technologies, increasing social polarisation, destruction of natural resources, and the suppression of women, as seen in relation to his times.

The exhibition is curated by Sabine Kritter after a concept by Jonathan Sperber.