Event Date: 16 June 2022
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square,
London WC1A 2NJ
The Leo Baeck Institute London and the German Historical Institute London present:
Images of the Grotesque and Arabesque: The Discovery of Kafka’s Drawings
A Panel Discussion
The Leo Baeck Institute London and the German Historical Institute London have the pleasure of warmly inviting you to a discussion of the book Franz Kafka: The Drawings (Yale University Press, 2022) with the author and editor Prof Andreas Kilcher (ETH Zurich, CH) and Prof Nicholas Sawicki (Lehigh University, USA), chaired by Dr Daniel Wildmann (Leo Baeck Institute London, UK).
Over 100 completely unknown drawings by Franz Kafka of fascinating figures, shifting from the realistic to the fantastic, the grotesque, the uncanny and the carnivalesque have been made accessible in Prof Andreas Kilcher’s highly acclaimed book Franz Kafka: The Drawings.
The drawings illuminate a previously unknown side of the quintessential modernist author. Three fascinating stories can be told about Kafka’s drawings: the story of their transmission, the story of Kafka as a draftsman, and the story of his drawing in relation to his writing.