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Unwanted Heritage/Moderne Heimat Leipzig

[ Accompanying events in Leipzig ]
Was ist mir Heimat?
Sunday Matinee and Radio Café in the Opera House

With Christoph Diekmann (journalist), Radek Knapp (author), Rupert Neudeck (founder of Cap Anamur) und Thomas Bille (host)

If one asks the theatre photographer born in Leipzig, the architect who is a native of East Prussia, or the scientist who was deported with his family to the Soviet Union about their understanding of the concept “Heimat”, one will get very different responses. The answers are linked with specific places, with personal ties and destinies, or with moving cultural and formative political events. While the former student at Karl-Marx University certainly regards the city of Leipzig along with the modern university buildings as his home, a graduate of today rather identifies with a rural idyll, but rhapsodises about nightly baths in the fountain at Augustusplatz. The composer and musician does not like the word “Heimat” at all and even proposes the creation of a new one.

These positions, culled from conversations on Augustusplatz and documented in the exhibition “Heimat Moderne – Moderne Heimat Leipzig”, are starting points of a Sunday matinee in the Konzertfoyer of the Opera House. The discussion gets impulses not only from the Leipzig show and setting, but also from the parallel exhibition project “Unwanted Heritage” at Łaznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk.

“Co to jest: Heimat? Was ist mir Heimat?”
This question sounds different to young people than it does to older people. Their answers may differ somewhat on the two sides of the Oder river. About one year after the EU enlargement the participants of an international panel discuss what the concept “Heimat” means to them.

A cooperation of Büro für urbane Projekte, Oper Leipzig, and MDR Figaro.

The City in Polish Film

From 6 May to 9 July 2005 a selection of the exhibition “Unwanted Heritage” is on view in the show “Heimat Moderne - Moderne Heimat Leipzig” in the Opera House at Augustusplatz. A series of films in which the city and urban development are reflected provides a setting for this cultural exchange. The programme includes classics of Polish film as well as new productions. Themes range from the enthusiastic new urban development of the post-war years, as in Andrzej Wajda’s “The Man of Marble”, to the present city shrinkage, as in Marek Lechki’s “My Town”.
The films are shown at the Polnisches Institut Leipzig.


1. Człowiek z marmuru, R: Andrzej Wajda, 1976, 156 Min., OmdtU
Credits: Film Polski
13. Mai 2005

2. Amator, R: Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1979, 112 Min., OmenglU
Credits: Zespół Filmowy-Tor
27. Mai 2005

3. Człowiek z żelaza, R: Andrzej Wajda, 1981, 147 Min., OmdtU
Credits: Film Polski
3. Juni 2005

4. Spis cudzołożnic, R: Jerzy Stuhr, 1995, 64 Min., OmenglU
Credits: TVP
10. Juni 2005

5. Cześć Tereska, R: Robert Gliński, 2000/2001, 86 Min., OmdtU
Credits: Propaganda Film
17. Juni 2005

6. Moje miasto, R: Marek Lechki, 2002, 60 Min., OmenglU
Credits: TVP
1. Juli 2005

7. Warszawa, R: Dariusz Gajewski, 2003, 104 Min., OmdtU
Credits: TVP
8. Juli 2005
Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk
Oper Leipzig
Gdańsk:15 April - 29 May 2005
Leipzig: 6 May - 9 July 2005
Participating Institutions
Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk
Experimentale e.V., Leipzig

Was ist mir Heimat?
Oper Leipzig, Augustusplatz 12, lounge
19 June 2005, 10.00 -13.00
entrance free

Die Stadt im polnischen Film
im Polnischen Institut Leipzig
13.05., 27.05., 03.06., 10.06., 17.06., 01.07., 08.07. 2005 (freitags) 19:00 Uhr
Eintritt frei