Franz Xaver Kroetz has left the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.
The playwright and actor is upset with the Academy's 75th anniversary speaker: Chris Dercon.
There are lines that tell of a lack of understanding, also of anger.
Above all, there are lines that show how much the author struggled with himself, how important the topic and the debate are to him.
Last Friday (March 24, 2023), Franz Xaver Kroetz declared in a letter to the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts that he was leaving the institution, which calls itself the "association of well-known personalities from artistic life".
In 1948, the Free State founded the academy as the “supreme care agency for art” – that was 75 years ago.
The birthday will be celebrated this year on July 6th and 7th, 2023 at Max-Joseph-Platz.
The Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain invited Chris Dercon to speak at the ceremony.
For Kroetz, who is one of the most important German-language playwrights of the present (his play "Der Drang" is on 28.
April 2023 to be seen again at the Residenztheater;
his "Agnes Bernauer" is also in the program here), a wrong decision: "The name Chris Dercon is primarily associated with the financial and artistic destruction of the Berlin Volksbühne", says the letter, which is available to the "Münchner Merkur" - he But he doesn't want to use his name to stand for it, because he "did prefer our theater system to an international, outrageously expensive and rootless guest performance circus".
Chris Dercon stands for the "destruction of our theater system," writes Kroetz
As a reminder: Dercon, born in 1958, managed the Haus der Kunst in Munich from 2003 to 2011, then moved to the Tate Modern in London.
From there he went to the Berliner Volksbühne in 2017 as the successor to artistic director Frank Castorf.
It was quickly criticized that Dercon was destroying the roots of the house and turning it into a venue for traveling productions.
2018 was already over again.
Kroetz, who also directs and wrote television history as Baby Schimmerlos in "Kir Royal", accuses Dercon of a "vain, luxurious and deserted understanding of art".
In principle, the 77-year-old has nothing against that.
However, Kroetz asks: “May one impose that on the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts?
I think no."