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*Advertisement for Jägermeister featuring Klaus Nomi shot by Jan Michael, which ran in a 1981 issue of New York magazine.(

Klaus Nomi

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK)

*Advertisement for Jägermeister featuring Klaus Nomi shot by Jan Michael, which ran in a 1981 issue of New York magazine.(

Thirty years after Klaus Nomi’s death, the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK) dedicated an exhibition to the visionary musician and performance artist whose theatrical self-fashioning, developed in the context of glam, new wave, and disco, continues to resonate. For his first exhibition, NAK’s new director, Ben Kaufmann, compiled a great deal of original visual and audio material as well as previously unseen footage of interviews with Ulrike Ottinger, Jürgen Klauke, Melissa Logan, Wolfgang Staehle, and others, giving visitors an opportunity to engage with Nomi’s various strategies of self-presentation and the media representations through which his image circulated. Kaufmann also invited several contemporary artists to engage creatively with Nomi and his work and included a number of already-existing artworks by others. The exhibits featured Nomi’s now-famous 1981 ad for Jägermeister

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