Kraus Lectures 1
The Insurmountables
Cornelius Obonya, Florian Scheuba
EUR 20
60 - 90 min
This event is in the past
26 May
Time 11am
26 May
Time 11am
© Ulrik Hölzl / Christian Heredia

Karl Kraus’ battles with media mogul Imre Békessy, Viennese police president Johann Schober and banker Camillo Castiglioni are the stuff of legends. In 1927/28, he dismantled his favourite enemies in the drama The Insurmountables. Such as this line: ‘I am working on a very important article that will not be published. Tomorrow, even.’ Actor Cornelius Obonya and political satirist Florian Scheuba will provide a new interpretation of the play, including current hitches.

Kraus lectures – A tribute to the 150th birthday of Karl Kraus in five lectures

‘There is nothing more desolating than his acolytes, nothing more godforsaken than his adversaries’, wrote Walter Benjamin about Karl Kraus, the oft-cited and much too rarely read language and culture critic, satirist and talented performer born in 1874. In the Free Republic of Vienna, different artists and intellectuals will stage a series of ‘lectures’ like those held by Kraus himself between 1910 and 1936 to great acclaim in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, in workers’ homes, in theatres and other venues. On five weekends, Kraus will not be regurgitated, but his ‘Theatre of Poetry’ will be dusted off: Linguistic analysis and text demolition as demonstrated by him as the editor of the Fackel, in The Last Days of Mankind, the Third Walpurgis Night and hundreds of trials against corrupt politicians and media personas receive a new interpretation. Contemporary historian Katharina Prager, who manages Kraus’ estate in Wienbibliothek im Rathaus, will already give an insight into the life and work of Karl Kraus on 29 April 2024 in a Wiener Vorlesung at Gartenbaukino.

Artistic Team

Concept, Dramaturgy Claus Philipp With Cornelius Obonya, Florian Scheuba


In cooperation with Wienbibliothek im Rathaus

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