“For her first museum presentation the Austrian artist Deborah Sengl has created an installation that combines history, literature and contemporary art in an extraordinary way. With some 200 stuffed white rats, she is staging The Last Days of Mankind after Karl Kraus in 44 individual scenes.
The First World War and 200 Rats
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Probably hardly any other literary work has captured the atmosphere of the time and the inhumanity and absurdity of war as precisely as The Last Days of Mankind (1915-1922) by Karl Kraus. In her so far largest work Sengl reacts to Kraus’s text with unmistakeable feeling and artistically reinterprets excerpts of scenes and dialogues. Accompanied by drawings and paintings, they bring the protagonists of Kraus’s work to life. Deborah Sengl has spent a year working on this elaborate project, which has been created specially for the Essl Museum. It is based on the stage version of The Last Days of Mankind… To read the full text, please visit the museum website
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