HANNAH ARENDT

and the 20th Century

presumably 2 February to 16 May 2021

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was one of the most important political thinkers of her time. Controversial and opinionated, she commented on current events. In her judgements she did not follow any tradition or political direction. ‘Thinking without a banister,’ she called it.
The Jewish writer who had fled Nazi Germany coined the terms we still use to describe two central concepts: ‘totalitarianism’ and ‘banality of evil’. She wrote about anti-Semitism, the situation of refugees, the Eichmann trial, Zionism, the US political system, racial segregation, student protests and feminism.

«The twentieth century simply cannot be understood without Hannah Arendt.» Amos Elon, Journalist and Writer

Not one of these issues has been resolved. Thus, the exhibition presents a life and work that reflect the history of the 20th century and that have lost none of their relevance and explosive power. The presentation is not biographical, but sheds light on Arendt as a public intellectual: the disputes she engaged in, the insights she shared, the errors she was subject to. Hannah Arendt’s ideas continue to challenge our own judgement, even in current political contexts, especially at a time when democracy is in grave danger of being undermined in many places around the world.

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Show bibliography
Illustrations
  1. Hannah Arendt and Students, 1969–1965, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Courtesy of the Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust / Art Resource, NY
  2. Hannah Arendt at the University of Chicago, 1966 © Art Resource New York, Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust
  3. Exhibition view, photo: Laurin Schmid, 2020 / Bildkraftwerk © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  4. Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) Photo: Ricarda Schwerin © ullstein bild - Heritage Images / Ricarda Schwerin
  5. Tape Art workshop in the exhibition, photo: Laurin Schmid, 2020 / Bildkraftwerk © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  6. Exhibition view, photo: Laurin Schmid, 2020 / Bildkraftwerk © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  7. Hannah Arendt, Center for Advanced Studies at Wesleyan University Deutsches Historisches Museum © Courtesy of the Wesleyan University, Special Collections & Archives
  8. Exhibition view, photo: Laurin Schmid, 2020 / Bildkraftwerk © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  9. Hannah Arendt bei einem Seminar, Center for Advanced Studies at Wesleyan University Deutsches Historisches Museum © Courtesy of the Wesleyan University, Special Collections & Archives
  10. Exhibition view, photo: Laurin Schmid, 2020 / Bildkraftwerk © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  11. Hannah Arendt bei einem Seminar, Center for Advanced Studies at Wesleyan University Deutsches Historisches Museum © Courtesy of the Wesleyan University, Special Collections & Archives

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