THE MOUNT OF HERCULESAN
INSTALLATION BY: YOCHAI AVRAHAMI
Venue: Herkulesberg, 50670 Cologne, 3 €
After World War II, as Cologne lay in ruins, debris from destroyed buildings was gathered and assembled into artificial mountains. The largest of these has since become the landmark known as Herkulesberg, which was initially also proposed as a memorial site. The site was to feature a sculpture by Gerhard Marcks, whose statue The Mourner was erected in front of Cologne’s St. Maria church in 1949, dedicated to all the victims of the war. Staging his site-specific installation in an archaeological-style tent, Israeli artist Yochai Avrahami critically examines the culture of state-sponsored memorials and their tendency toward universalizing claims, while referring to recent debates around the archeological zone and the Jewish Museum in Cologne.
The installation can be experienced as a guided tour with limited numbers of participants. Please register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Herkulesberg date /time” in the subject line.
Thu 16 10 2014 / 19:00 (in English. Tour fully booked)
Fri 17 10 2014 / 23:00 (in English)
Sat 18 10 2014 / 21:00 (in German)
Sat 18 10 2014 / 22:00 (in German)
Sun 19 10 2014 / 22:00 (in German)
Mon 20 10 2014 / 22:00 (in German)
Meeting point 10 min.in advance: Akademie der Künste der Welt, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne
AGAINST THE MUSEAL FETISHIZATION OF
Thu, 16.10.2014 / 21:00
Public discussion with: Yochai Avrahami, Dr. Werner Jung (Director of the NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne) Natalie Bayer M.A. (Georg-August-University Göttingen) und Dogan Akhanli (Schriftsteller).
The talk will take place in German. Further information in German are available here.
Venue: NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne, Appellhofplatz 23 – 25, 50667 Cologne