Wounds of Memory — Beate Passow and Andreas von Weizsäcker

EXHIBITION 06.05 – 28.05.95

With "Wounds of Memory", organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi dictatorship, Haus der Kunst wanted to draw attention not to the century's epic crimes, such as Guernica, Oradour and Hiroshima, but to the war's equally horrific banality. Beate Passow (born in 1945) and Andreas von Weizsäcker (1956–2008), both graduates of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, marked traces in the city that the war left behind in the form of bullet holes in the facades of buildings, including Haus der Kunst. They made these "wounds of memory" visible to passersby by covering them with glass plates. The artists understand their installations in public space as visual interventions and silent acts of mourning. The photographs in the exhibition document this thinking and memorials in public space, thereby stimulating debate.

The starting point of the artists' "Archaeology of the 20th Century" is the biographical examination of the consequences of the Third Reich in their hometown of Munich, the former "capital of the movement". Here, in 1993, they created three installations focused on the scars of war: at Haus der Kunst (cat. p. 38), on the brick facade of the Ludwig Maximilian University at Ludwig- and Schellingstraße (cat. p. 33) and on the sculpture of the "Rossebändiger" by Hermann Hahn in front of the Alte Pinakothek. With the expansion of the project to 16 "plaques" in nine countries, the artists also drew attention to the theme in Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and Austria. They also demand an awareness of the importance of a proactive culture of remembrance and a cross-border cooperation from these countries, thereby giving the artwork a European context.

The 140-page paperback catalogue is illustrated with numerous color photographs by Laurenz Berges. It includes a foreword by Christoph Vitali, as well as essays by Monika Flacke, Michael Meuer, Perdita von Kraft, Hanna Krall, Esben Kjeldbaek, Auké de Vries, Freddy Derwahl, Paul Virilio, George Calteux, Ota Filip, and Wolfgang Kos. The appendix contains the artists' biographies.

Beate Passow and Andreas v. Weizsäcker, Wounds of Memory, 1993-95, Munich, Schelling-/ Ludwigstraße, photo Laurenz Berges

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