Loose and likeminded: the rise of the 'Ingenious Amateur's' subculture in the 1980s Germany.

Geniale Dilletanten is an exciting new multi-media exhibition curated by Goethe-Institut Australia and presented in collaboration with aMBUSH Gallery and Central Park Mall.

It’s an exclusive and comprehensive collection of 1980s German subculture brought straight from its birthplace in Berlin, and explores the period of artistic upheaval and experimentation shaped by a free-spirited collective of amateurs – the Geniale Dilletanten (or Brilliant Dilletantes) as they became known. These ‘ingenious amateurs’ developed unique approaches to music, fashion, filmmaking, design and art.

Geniale Dilletanten incorporates films, photographs, magazines, posters, audio, video and other artefacts that capture the bold, rough and daring arts scene of the time.

Opening night of Geniale Dilletanten is Thursday 10 March from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, and will feature an exclusive performance by the acclaimed Berlin-based electronic music artist, Gudrun Gut, who was an early adopter of electronic music and an original Geniale Dilletanten artist, with her role as part of Einstürzende Neubauten.

Other free events included as part of the exhibition are:

An intimate round-table discussion with artists Gudrun Gut, Jasmine Guffond and Gail Priest, three important female figures in the international experimental music and arts scene for many years. (Monday 14 March at 6pm)

A screening of the film “Tod den Hippies, es lebe der Punk!” (Wednesday 23 March at 6pm)

An exclusive Q&A session with special international guest, musician and producer Mick Harvey, following the screening of “B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin” (co-presented with Groovescooter & Antenna). (Friday 1 April at 6pm)

The exhibition closing party will be feature live music and DJs. (Friday 8 April at 6pm)

Geniale Dilletanten is open daily from 12-8pm to the public, from Friday 11 March to Wednesday 13 April. Free entry.

Gudrun Gut, Mick Harvey, Jasmine Gutfond, Gail Priest, Einstürzende Neubauten, Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF), Die tödliche Doris, Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria and more.

Central Park Gallery
Level 3, Central Park Mall
Chippedale NSW 2008

+61 2 8399 0707