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Philipp Humm : The Last Faust


Artist Philipp Humm unveils the next elements of his extraordinary undertaking across two exhibitions in London in October – a multi-disciplinary, multi-platform reworking – a Gesamtkunstwerk – of Faust. Humm’s feature film The Last Faust was released in late 2019. The film was the first step in the creation of an entire body of work of film, painting, photography and sculpture – each ingredient an artwork in its own right and the body of work presenting an extraordinary, ambitious and visionary achievement Humm’s works have reinvented and re-imagined Goethe’s Faust intellectual relevance for the 21st century, touching on classic and extremely contemporary issues of corruption, love and power, through to contemporary references such as Harvey Weinstein and Silicon Valley. Faust remains one of the most relevant and dramatic heroes in culture – the story of a German necromancer and/or astrologer who sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power. Goethe’s interpretation saw Faust as noble, and his pursuit of knowledge as central to the tale – the ramifications of man’s drive for power and thirst for knowledge create...

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