AMP Wall Monument Confrontation

Kalas Liebfried

12 Jun 21

Monument to Fürst Otto von Bismarck

Young, casually dressed people standing and sitting around the Bismarck monument with their electric guitars on and making music. A wall of guitar amps is set up behind the monument.

Sound reinforcement of the Bismarck statue. © Foto: Christian Kain

Kalas Liebfried erected a second sculpture in front of the Bismarck monument, consisting of 20 guitar amplifiers to which twelve prepared electric guitars were connected.

A sculpture made out of guitar amps

On June 12, 2021, twelve musicians performed a composition specially written for the happening in front of the monument all day long to raise awareness of German colonial history.
Otto von Bismarck, the first Reich Chancellor to whom this statue commemorates, is also regarded as the founder of German colonialism. He organized the “West Africa Conference” in Berlin in 1884, where the European colonial powers divided Africa among themselves.
The art action wanted to confront the monument with its history and its context and to raise awareness for the historical context of the monument.

The young people playing music around the Bismarck monument. The German Museum can be seen in the background.
The hour-long composition “Colonial Doom Drone” was played throughout the day. © Foto: Christian Kain
Young, casually dressed people standing and sitting around the Bismarck monument with their electric guitars on and making music. A wall of guitar amps is set up behind the monument.
Sound reinforcement of the Bismarck statue. © Foto: Christian Kain

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Monument to Fürst Otto von Bismarck

Erhardtstraße
Boschbrücke (Nordseite) am Isarkai
80469 München