aphrodite

#darkhistory

#culturalheritage

 

What is a responsible way to handle contested cultural heritage which has a dark history? The Aphrodite statue sparked a heated public discussion in the city of Linz over several years on how to deal with

Nazi relics in public space. During the Second World War Adolf Hitler presented a gift to “his” city Linz, a casting of Aphrodite. The statue's origin is an artwork by Wilhelm Wandschneider who was a NSDAP member. In 2008 an art student pointed to the problematic object by wrapping it up, the city reacted by removing the statue over night,

a procedure which received a lot of criticism. In 2018 the statue gets shown again in the city museum, embedded in a context of reflecting

on the problematics. At its original position a signage marks the missing statue and tells its story.

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museum

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concept | object design

mia2 Architektur

Nordico City Museum of Linz

2019

Bernhard Stadlbauer

Norbert Artner | Nina Bammer

What is a responsible way to handle

contested cultural heritage which has

a dark history? The Aphrodite statue

sparked a heated public discussion

in the city of Linz over several years

on how to deal with Nazi relics in public

space. During the Second World War

Adolf Hitler presented a gift to “his” city

Linz, a casting of Aphrodite. The statue's origin is an artwork by Wilhelm Wand-

schneider who was a NSDAP member.

In 2008 an art student pointed to the problematic object by wrapping it up,

the city reacted by removing the statue

over night, a procedure which received

a lot of criticism. In 2018 the statue gets shown again in the city museum,

embedded in a context of reflecting on

the problematics. At its original position

a signage marks the missing statue

and tells its story.