Café Größenwahn – Künstler*innenfest (Artists’ festival)

Cafe Größenwahn—Artists’ festival

27/09/2019, 4 pm–8 pm

With contributions from participating children and young people, as well as from Panagiotis Gritzos (artist),  Laura Ziegler (artist), Lisa Schairer (artist), Stephan Janitzky (artist), Gerd Grüneisl (artist), Brigitte Fingerle-Trischler (Stadtteilarchiv Freimann), Ludwig Bader (writer), Leo Heinik (artist), Maximiliane Baumgartner (artist), and many more.

Café Größenwahn—An Artists’ Colony (Action Space), September 8 – October 11, with artistic workshops and an action program

The final action space of this year and of Der Fahrende Raum’s 2017–2019 program is dedicated to the Schwabing Bohème around 1900.

One of their central meeting places, Café Stefanie, was also known as Café Größenwahn [Delusions of Grandeur Café]. This name was shared with other fashionable establishments in Berlin and Vienna. More than just a geographical location, the artists of the period considered it a shared artistic mentality. Now this venue, which is already generally considered legendary, is being relocated to Freimann, where the present and the (imagined) history of children, adolescents, and invited artists encounter bohemian lifestyles and working methods from the turn of the century in Der Fahrende Raum. How can new spaces of opportunity and individual stories be developed through collaborative, lived narration, fictionalization, and performative reinterpretation?

Just as in the era of the Schwabing Bohème, the action space will span different media and political positions, crafting poetry, painting, staged performances, puppet-making, and much more.

Among the historical perspectives included are the puppet artist Lotte Pritzel and the wandering poet and “nature apostle” Gusto Gräser with his flyer texts. The magazine Simplicissimus, which published work by many Schwabing writers and graphic artists, is being revived as well as the backyard atelier Elvira, a photo studio run by women’s rights activist Anita Augspurg and her partner Sophia Goudstikker. A model market, like the one formerly in the entrance of the Kunstakademie, aims to include the perspectives of art workers, who made themselves available to painters and sculptors as models; children were also among the models who supported their families with their wages.

With reference to these historical positions, various artists and educators were invited to develop stations for the action space where children and young people can work creatively. The result is huts and workshops created in collaboration with children and young people in and around the architecture of Der Fahrende Raum, in which the artists, poets, and other original thinkers of today and of the past can come together to exchange ideas, work together, and learn from each other.


With Gözde Ilkin (Istanbul) and Panagiotis Gritzos (Athens), Der Fahrende Raum’s artists in residence for September/October 2019.