In the spirit of 3rd of May I thought I’d take a crack at linking news headlines with art, here it goes!
The work: Sigmar Polke (German, 1941-2010), Watchtower with Geese 1987-1988, resin and acrylic paint on various fabrics. Restricted gift in memory of Marshal Frankel, Wilson L. Mead Fund, The Art Institute of Chicago.
The news: “Germany Marks 50 Years Since Building of the Berlin Wall”
From the German news source Deutsche Welle: ” Germany on Saturday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall with a memorial service and a minute of silence in the capital in memory of those who died trying to flee to the West.” According to the article, the true number of victims is unknown but counts are as high as 700 with millions of lives completely altered because of the Wall. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit says the Wall must not be forgotten that, “The Wall was part of a dictatorial system, an unjust state,” Wowereit said. “It illustrated the bankrupcy of a system people wanted out of…It is our responsibility to keep its memory alive and pass it on to future generations … so that such injustices never repeat themselves.”