Lynn Hershman Leeson. The Novalis Hotel

19 May 2018 – 17 Jun 2018

Event times

Opening hours: Wed–Sun 11 am – 7 pm, Thu 11 am – 9 pm

Cost of entry

Free admission

Hotel Novalis

Berlin, Germany


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On the occasion of her solo exhibition First Person Plural in summer 2018 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, American artist LynnHershman Leeson revisits her iconic installation The Dante Hotel in the form of a new commission entitled The Novalis Hotel.


The Dante Hotel (1972–73) was one of her early site-specific works that marked the beginning of her work around the character Roberta Breitmore. The artist developed this alter ego over many years in private and public performances, ultimately leading her to produce her visionary works that investigate the relationships between humans and technology, identity and surveillance.

Identity is no longer a body shaped by societal conventions, but it is a generative reproduction that is both disembodied and directly tied to our genetic material and the entities that control its surveillance. For The Novalis Hotel, the artist presents an inverted version of The Dante Hotel. Hershman Leeson allows the visitors not only a glimpse into the life of the enigmatic women who is staying at the hotel but also the traces left behind by the visiting audience will undergo forensic analysis while its results will be presented in a conversation between Lynn Hershman Leeson and the forensic scientist Lutz Roewer on the last day of the installation (June 17, 2018).

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Exhibiting artists

Lynn Hershman Leeson

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KW Institute for Contemporary Art

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Berlin, Germany

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