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Vernissage – Frischs secret Files and other stories

9 June - 20 August

!In German language
Vernissage «Frisch’s secret Files and other stories from the Cold War»

“I confess that I no longer give confidence to this government,” writes Max Frisch in his last typescript. Like hundreds of thousands of other persons, he was observed and fifed by the Swiss state for decades. Is the writer excerpts his comments and comments on the collage “Ignorance as a state protection?”, Which is now to be seen in the Strauhof for the first time.

In nine other “Cold War stories”, authors question the dominant conditions in Switzerland in the 1980s. The exhibition in the Strauhof illuminates these stories and traces the interactions between reality and imagination, between observers and monitors, between accusation and indignation.

With texts by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Max Frisch (1911-1991), Reto Hänny (* 1947), Lukas Hartmann (* 1944), Franz Hohler (* 1943), Mariella Mehr (* 1947), Niklaus Meienberg 1940-1993), Otto F. Walter (1928-1994), Gertrud Wilker (1924-1984), Laure Wyss (1913-2002), Urs Zürcher (* 1963)

6.30 pm | Augustinerplatz
Speeches of the responsible persons. Afterwards the actors Miriam Japp and Thomas Sarbacher read from the second part of Max Frisch’s New York poetry lecture “Black Square” (1981), the section “The Function of Literature in Society”.

7:15 pm | Strauhof
Exhibition opening and aperitif

Exhibition duration 10/6/17 – 20/8/17



9 June
21 August
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Augustinergasse 9, 8001 Zürich Schweiz