The Monumental is my Malady.*
*) Arno Breker in an interview with André Müller, 1979
Graz, behind the Memorial for the Soldiers Who Died
in Both World Wars von by Alexander Silveri
Sep 18–Oct 18, 2015
"The Monumental is my Malady.*" questions the relationship between art and power. Graz, once known as the "City of the National Uprising", provides a space of resonance in this regard. The starting point is the case of the state studio for the Nazi sculptor Arno Breker in Berlin, where we ourselves
worked between 2001 and 2009. In 1938 Arno Breker was commissioned to create monumental sculptures for the designated capital of the world, Germania. This catapulted Hitler’s protégé into the role of the best-paid and most influential sculptor of his time. On request of the Führer a prestigious state studio was built for Breker in Berlin. Here, the designer of power translated the Nazi ideology into a visual programme.
As a forensic case we bring the incidents around the former NS-studio and the current rewriting of history to Graz.
book: Dellbrügge & de Moll
Das Monumentale ist meine Krankheit.*