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Kindertotenlieder (2005 - 2011)

A moving image installation by Mariele Neudecker and Picture This.

Five specially created rooms, one for each of Mahler’s exquisite and heartbreaking songs of loss and mourning. German-born artist Mariele Neudecker uses film, sculpture and an archive song recording by Kathleen Ferrier to evoke the beauty and sadness of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children). At the same time, Neudecker opens up a space around the songs for contemplation and tranquillity.


Mariele Neudecker is an artist living and working in Bristol. Internationally recognised for her landscapes within glass vitrines, Neudecker uses sculpture, film and photography to create tensions between historical representations of the sublime landscape and our perception, imagination and memory of experience. She has had solo exhibitions at IKON Gallery (Birmingham), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Tate St. Ives and Tate Britain (London).

Picture This produce moving image projects, exhibitions and events with an emphasis on research, experimentation and collaboration. The agency has an impressive portfolio of partnerships that makes it possible to work with artists on innovative projects with extraordinary contexts. The agency offers artists access to unique collections, supportive residencies and specialist exhibition environments. 

Your reaction

“Wonderful images of separation, loss, but also serenity. Deeply moving.” Audience member

“Heart wrenchingly beautiful, beautifully conceived and installed. Great use of physical and sound space. Wonderful.” Audience member

Performance history

Impressions Gallery York
27 Aug to 28 Oct 2005

11 Aug to 9 Sep 2006

28 Jan to 23 Feb 2011

Kindertotenlieder is the result of a new partnership between Opera North Projects and Picture This. 

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