Ödön von Horváth, 1928. ©LIterary Archive of Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

I’m not thinking, I’m only saying it

Ödön von Horváth and the Theatre

March 15, 2018 – February 11, 2019

Ödon von Horváth saw himself as a “chronicler of his time” and continually worked to “unmask consciousness” through literature. His brilliant dialogues reveal how closely eroticism, economics and politics are intertwined – connections and entanglements that still exist today. His deep understanding of petit-bourgeois language, which he trenchantly called “educated jargon” (Bildungsjargon), his concise critique of language, and his “crazy sentences” (irre Sätze; Peter Handke) deeply informed post-1945 German literature. This comprehensive exhibition at the Theatermuseum showcases the political substance and explosive relevance of Horváth’s plays, focusing on his dramas Tales from the Vienna Woods (Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald), Kasimir and Karoline and Italian Night (Italienische Nacht).

The presentation was curated by Nicole Streitler-Kastberger and Martin Vejvar and designed by Peter Karlhuber.

A catalogue „I'm not thinking, I'm only saying it." Ödön von Horváth. Eroticism, Economics and Politics will be published by Jung und Jung

We would like to thank The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism for their generous donation.


Bühnenbildentwurf zur UA Kasimir und Karoline, Caspar Neher (1897-1962), Leipzig, Schauspielhaus, 1932
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