15 Aug 22 — 31 May 23
Urban space Munich
A project to deal with monuments that have become questionable because of their sometimes violence-glorifying and excluding visual language.
The single projects
Ein Ort für ein Wort. Ein Wort für einen Ort (Ein Zeitzeichen)
A place for a word. A Word for a Place (A Time Sign)
15 Aug 22 — 31 Mai 23
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie, Prinzregentenstraße 28, 80538 München (Map ➚)
The artist Michele Bernardi, who lives in Munich and South Tyrol, deals with three swastikas that can be seen in the windows of the historic building on Oettingenstrasse, which is now the seat of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. In an artistic installation, he provides these relics with the words “yesterday”, “today” and “tomorrow”. A subtle examination of the propagandistic legacy of the Third Reich and how it was processed in the post-war period, the present and the future.
Maria Luiko, Trauernde, 1938
Maria Luiko, Mourner, 1938
19 Sep 22 — 19 Dez 23
Alter Botanischer Garten, Elisenstraße, 80333 München (Map ➚)
The artist is working on the covering of the Neptune Fountain in the Old Botanical Garden that was built during the Nazi era.
The Neptune Fountain was built in 1937 in order to create a place shaped by National Socialist ideology with a connection to the Nazi party district. The sculptor Joseph Wackerle and the architect Oswald Bieber, who were commissioned to design the Neptune Fountain, are on Adolf Hitler’s list of “God-gifted” artists.
Michaela Melián will cover the questionable Neptune figure temporarily with a mesh tarpaulin. The material of the foil is known from construction sites – but this one is printed with an image of a work by the artist Maria Luiko from 1938 entitled “Mourning”. The Munich artist was deported by the SS to Kaunas in November 1941 along with almost 1,000 other people who were persecuted as Jews, and murdered there five days later. The covering with the motif of an anonymous mourning woman is a meaningful counter-response to the ruler pose of the powerful male Neptune body.
Steinbrener / Dempf & Huber
21 Sep — 19 Nov 22
Siegestor, 80539 München (Map ➚)
Everyone is familiar with pigeon spikes, a bird repellent device that can be found on a number of listed buildings. The installation by the Viennese artist collective Steinbrener / Dempf & Huber provides the upper plateau of the Siegestor with this device. However, the spikes of the usual 10 centimeters here measure 3.5 metres.
At least since Pablo Picasso’s design for the World Peace Congress in 1949, the dove has become the ultimate symbol of peace. With the oversized dove spikes, the associated dove becomes a gigantic creature for the viewer.
The ambiguous memorial – originally a war memorial, then admonishing peace – is intended to be updated here in the face of war.
Steinbrener / Dempf & Huber deliberately leave it open whether the imaginary defense of an oversized pigeon is intended to address the peace movement or general rearmament in Europe.
Department for public appearances
past monument: Herabsetzung als Kunst – eine Analyse
past monument: disparagement as art – an analysis
9 Sep — 10 Nov 22
Billboards in urban space (Map ➚)
The Munich artist collective Department for public appearances modifies the equestrian statue of Otto I von Wittelsbach in front of the Bavarian State Chancellery. It sets the man from his horse and the horse from its pedestal.
Using Otto I. von Wittelsbach as an example, the department has broken down a traditional form of monument and created a collage that can be seen on posters in the city.
Due to its exemplary character, this intervention opens up a discussion process, offers starting points for communication and discussion and questions the effectiveness of exaltation as a cult strategy of appreciation and worship.
XRE (Extended Reality Ensemble, New York) and denkFEmale (München)
#MakeUsVisible x denkFEmale
30 Sep — 31 Okt 22
More than 90% of the statues in Munich portray men. However, a good half of the people in our society do not identify as male. Why is gender diversity still missing in our public space?
The #MakeUsVisible x denkFEmale event uses Augmented Reality (AR) to juxtapose digital monuments of women and non-binary people with the physical male sculptures of the city.
From October 1, 2022, visitors to the free exhibition can make 31 AR monuments visible with their smartphones via a web browser and thus create a new balance in the sculpture landscape themselves. Viewers can find the pairings of sculptures or AR Monument locations online on an interactive map of Munich and via signs with QR codes next to the physical statues.
Forum and accompanying program
Past Statements – Present Futures
7 — 9 Okt 22
Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstraße 1, 80538 München (Map ➚)
On 7 and 8 October 2022 Haus der Kunst, in collaboration with the City Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich and Freispiel Kulturagentur, will host a multi-day forum entitled „Past Statements – Present Futures“. The panels are convened by Cana Bilir-Meier & Saboura Naqshband, Romi Crawford and Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard as well as Emma Enderby, Damian Lentini and Andrea Lissoni (Haus der Kunst).