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Berlin exhibit honors late multi-talent Christoph Schlingensief

An exhibition has begun in Berlin honoring the German director and artist Christoph Schlingensief who was known for pushing boundaries and juxtaposing art and politics. The innovator died from cancer three years ago.

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Schlingensief exhibition in Berlin

An exhibition tracing the development of the multi-talented and controversial Christoph Schlingensief, who died of lung cancer in 2010 aged 49, opens to the public in Berlin on Sunday.

Works on show will include films, performances and installations with which Schlingensief often grabbed public attention during his career.

Schlingensief was born in Oberhausen, a Ruhr District city.

In 2004, the theater, film and opera director, actor and performance artist gained international recognition for his production of the opera "Parsifal" by Richard Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival.

He was also well known for setting up a political party called "Opportunity 2000" in 1998, and asking members to vote for themselves.

'Opera village'

Before his death, Schlingensief had been working on setting up a so-called opera village in the west African country of Burkina Faso.

The Schlingensief exhibition is being staged at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin from December 1, 2013 until January 19, 2014.

It will later move on to New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

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