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Weimar

A work made of wood, glass, aluminum, steel, felt, and lead oxide.

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  • A work made of wood, glass, aluminum, steel, felt, and lead oxide.

Date:

1993

Artist:

Reinhard Mucha
German, born 1950

About this artwork

In Weimar, Reinhard Mucha created a detached commentary on 20th-century German history by encapsulating and neutralizing emotionally charged materials within a vitrine. The sculpture includes a door—found in a junk shop on the site of a World War II bunker—encased behind glass panes, upon which lines are painted with an orange pigment often used on rail cars. The paint calls attention to the glass, which invites observation but creates a separation between object and viewer. The artist first exhibited Weimar with other vitrines named after German towns with intersecting railways. A recurring theme in his work, trains signify not only the industrialization of Germany but also the Holocaust. Here, Mucha attempted to contain and intellectualize his homeland’s conflicting, emotional legacy of genocide, geographical division, and cultural achievement.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Reinhard Mucha

Title

Weimar

Place

Germany (Object made in)

Date

1993

Medium

Wood, glass, aluminum, steel, felt, and lead oxide

Dimensions

116.8 × 251.5 × 29.8 cm (46 × 99 × 11 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Society for Contemporary Art

Reference Number

1994.541

Extended information about this artwork

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