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Power Art at Reichstag

December 18, 2011


This morning I joined a Kunst und Architekturführung at the Reichstag building. When I stood on the roof next to Norman Foster’s dome, I realised Hans Haacke’s work Der Bevölkerung (see also this post) must be visible on Google Earth, and indeed it is: The poor legibility is mainly due to the work itself: the […]

Hansaviertel, Marzahn and Hellersdorf

December 6, 2011


My field work is becoming a strange game of ‘find the weird sculptures’. I’m beginning to sense where they may be when I enter a particular area: between some high rises, on a green patch by the side of the road, in front of a public building… when you’re in a post war Grosssiedlung and […]

Public Art between GDR and Prussia

November 10, 2011


Because I had a meeting there I took the day to bike around Potsdam and see their public art (and parks and buildings of course). First stop was a tower by Dutch artist Lucas Lenglet, situated perfectly in the city center and also next to some plattenbau flats. It’s a really nice work I think, […]

Hans Haacke’s Bevölkerung

November 9, 2011


A discussion organised on the occasion of Hans Haacke’s 75th birthday – my apologies for the picture, Haacke was really there (2nd from the right). The discussion was about his work for Reichstag, which made it interesting for my research. For this work he made a text in neon signs, placed in a court yard […]

Another Buch

October 10, 2011


So the book-before-the-book arrived, I love it! It was made in 1990 just after the Wende, it has an editor for the West-Berlin art and one for the East-Berlin art. It is so delicately designed, it looks like a Lara Almarcegui guide book. Ultra dry. So dry in fact that there’s hardly any pictures – […]

Es gibt ein Buch!

October 4, 2011


Contrary to what Buchhandlung Walther Koenig told me, there is a book on public art in Berlin (thank you Hester Oerlemans). Not only is there one book, there is a book that precedes the book (it’s from 1990), soon to be delivered: In my growing library is also this fascinating report of all the Kunst […]

Graham and Gaillard

September 18, 2011


I guess now it’s time to talk about that thing that’s been sitting outside my window, right on top of a neighbouring building: a work by the French artist Cyprien Gaillard. The building it’s sitting on is exaclty like one of his drawings, a ruin of a modernist building (Haus der Statistik), very beautiful actually. […]