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An epic friendship

A new exhibition at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin shows the complicated relationship between the thinker Walter Benjamin and the poet Bertolt Brecht.

Benjamin and Brecht. Thinking in Extremes – «Benjamin and Brecht. Extreme thinking »- is the title of the« stereo exhibition »near the Bellevue S-Bahn station in Tiergarten in Berlin. At the opening, the audience stood like herring in a barrel. A hitherto unpublished newspaper article by Walter Benjamin attracted a great deal of attention: "What is epic theater?" was once ready on the desk of the Frankfurter Zeitung, but was withdrawn at the last minute by editor Bernhard Diebold, who had little left for Brecht's epic theater concept. In the margin one can see Diebold's polemical comments scribbled. . .

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Hans-Georg Kohler
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