The Angel of History . 2010.  
 
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Karl Heinrich Marx's severed head – White hemihydrate stone and concrete.

350 x 350 x 700mm( (LxWxH)

 

An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something, which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards the past. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble and hurls it before his feet.He would like to pause for a moment so fair, to awaken the dead and to piece together what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught itself up in his wings and is so strong that the Angel can no longer close them. The storm drives him irresistibly into the future, to which his back is turned, while the rubble-heap before him grows sky-high. That which we call progress, is this storm.

Walter Benjamin 1940. Theses on the Philosophy of History

Slide 1

 

Karl Heinrich Marx's severed head – White hemihydrate stone and concrete.

350 x 350 x 700mm( (LxWxH)

 

Slide 1

 

Karl Heinrich Marx's severed head – White hemihydrate stone and concrete.

350 x 350 x 700mm( (LxWxH)

 

Slide 1

 

The Karl-Marx-Monument, Chemnitz, Germany.

By Lev Efimovich Kerbel

 

On the 10th of May 1953 the city and district Chemnitz, Germany was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt. The changing of the cities name was a symbolic gesture in an effort to transform a once industrial city into a " model socialist city." The remodelled city was designed according to the socialist urban initiative, which included the commissioning of the Karl-Marx-Monument.

 

The Angel of History of history. 2010 is modelled from Lev Efimovich Kerbel Karl Marx bust.