Event has passed (Mon Jan 8, 2018 - Sat Jan 27, 2018)
Pro Arts Gallery
Tue thru Fri 1:00-7:00pm, Sat noon-6:00pm
Art, Music


"Geniale Dilletanten” was the deliberately misspelled title of a
concert that took place on September 4, 1981 in the Berlin venue Tempodrom. The title has come to stand for a brief era of artistic renewal in West and East Germany in the mid-1980s, a period when people in all the arts explored new paths and innovative forms of expression.

Curated by Mathilde Weh (Visual Arts, Goethe-Institut, Munich), this exhibition presents the most comprehensive survey to date of this extraordinarily innovative subculture, highlighting the work of several bands, various artists, filmmakers and designers from West and East Germany.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Pro Arts has curated several evenings of performances by Bay Area musicians, such as Moira Scar, Jewelled Snakes, Pod Blotz, Bonus Beast, Centre, Flower Pattern, Pander, Thoabath, Yama Uba, and Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion. Events are all ages, $5-10 sliding scale admission, and wheelchair accessible.

There will also be a special screening of “PUNK BERLIN 1982” (TOD DEN HIPPIS!! ES LEBE DER PUNK). The film, directed by Oskar Roehler, takes place in the 1980s and shows the experiences of the young protagonist who dives into the punk scene of West Berlin with all its bars, punk rock and dark sides. The screening will be followed by a DJ-reception on January 13, 8:00pm.

Further information: https://www.goethe.de/sf/events, https://www.proartsgallery.org


  1. Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA