Public Art Munich - PAM 2018 – Rudolf Herz - Autobahnkilometer - Followed by a discussion with Daniela Stöppel

Public Art Munich - PAM 2018 / Game Changers

In 1997, Rudolf Herz and Reinhard Matz submitted a proposal to the Berlin competition for a Holocaust memorial, which they entitled: Überschrieben. Mahnmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas.

Their proposal suggested paving one kilometer of the A7 motorway near Kassel with cobblestones. A bridgeshaped sign in both directions would announce the Mahnmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas. The speed limit would be set at 30km/h. The originally designated site in Berlin would be sold off and the proceeds used as starting capital for a foundation for the support of currently oppredded minorities. With this proposal, Herz and Matz sought to critically challenge the ability of memorial art to keep memories alive.

The commission was ultimately awarded to Peter Eisenman, whose design called for the placement of 2,700 concrete slabs near the Brandenburger Gate.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Rudolf Herz (artist) and Daniela Stöppel (art historian at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, curator, and critic) about the processes of social and political negotiation effected through memorial art within a culture of remembrance.