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About the exhibition
The new project conceived by Udo Kittelmann to pay tribute to three romances by Kafka and hosted in the spaces of Fondazione Prada includes Martin Kippenberger’s work The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s “Amerika” in an artistic dialogue with Orson Welles’s movie “The Trial” and the electronic music album “The Castle” by Tangerine Dream. Inspired by Kafka’s unfinished books Amerika, Der Prozess and Das Schloss, issued after the author’s death in 1925 and 1927, the exhibition enables visitors to experiment with three different creative interpretations of life, spread between the Podium, the Cinema and the Cisterna. The title itself – K – stems for a triptych as it recalls an image in three parts and three levels. The three elements all united are a metaphor of human life.
The three sections
The first work on display, The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s “Amerika” explores the utopia of the universe of work, while Orson Welles’ The Trial is characterised by an unconventional black humour towards unhappy daily life situations, accentuated by savvy use of images and settings. The setting is completed by Franz Kafka The Castle, played in a welcoming and evocative space enabling guests to immerse themselves into the great adventure of life, expressed through the use of music in 10 tracks.