England is regarded as the cradle of Pop Art and spawned numerous unusual positions on the phenomenon of the then revolutionary, new art movement.

Wael Shawky

Cabaret Crusades
Wael Shawky's elaborately produced epic marionette film Cabaret Crusades, a portrayal of the medieval crusades from an Arab point of view, was one of the most celebrated discoveries of documenta 13 in 2012. The handmade puppets re-enact the events of the 11th and 12th century in both a childish and chilling manner. By focusing on the crusades, Shawky addresses a very topical issue, given the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. The catalogue published to accompany the exhibition in the K20 extensively documents the creative process behind the film trilogy. The actual films were made between 2010 and 2014.

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"Wael Shawky"

December 2014

ISBN 978-3-7356-0052-3

20,00 x 28,00 cm

152 Pages

92 colored illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound

Languages: German, English


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Doris Krystof, Ansgar Lorenz, Jacques Sapiega, Judith Wielander

graphic design
L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH. Sascha Lobe, Simon Brenner


Exhibition: “Wael Shawky. Cabaret Crusades”, September 2014 – January 2015, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen