Stephan Dillemuth, The Hard Way to Enlightenment, Installation view, Secession 2012, Photo: Oliver Ottenschläger

Stephan Dillemuth

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

May 3 – June 17, 2012

Stephan Dillemuth considers his options as a fine artist with regard to a changing public sphere. In the context of our societies of control, he attaches particular importance to forms of self-organization as ways of generating personal and collective integrity. With its inherent scope for reflection, analysis, and experimentation, art creates beauty, but for this reason Dillemuth also credits it with the potential to change society.

When exploring current issues, Stephan Dillemuth studies historical movements and situations of social upheaval. But this research—into the “Lebensreform” (life reform) movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, the Bavarian Soviet Republic, and progressive countercultures of the 1970s—is always put to the test using experimental artistic means. The results of these experiments take the form of installations, mises en scène, and collaborative works, as well as videos, lectures, and publications.


Stephan Dillemuth, born in Büdingen, Hesse, in 1954, lives in Bad Wiessee, Bavaria.