Der Bevölkerung (The People)

Hans Haacke, one of the most influential artists who works in the public realm, was invited in 1999 to install a sculpture in the German Parliament building.

The work consists of the words “Der Bevölkerung,” surrounded by  soil and plants brought to the installation by the parliament members from their respective constituency in Germany.

The image can be seen here: http://www.spatiul-public.ro/eng/Hans%20Haacke/-Der.html

I think it is a great work, both aesthetically and due to the fact that it draws from  German history and its physical surroundings in a way that stirred a lot of controversy:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/04/haac-a14.html

http://www.atlantic-times.com/archive_detail.php?recordID=728

 

 

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