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Brandenburger Tor
  • © Lois Weinberger
    • Lois Weinberger (*1947)

  • TitleBrandenburger Tor
  • Date1994
  • CategoryFotografie
  • MaterialSilbergelatinepapier auf Alu Dibond
  • Dimensionsgerahmt 155 x 130 cm (Bildmaß)
  • Inventory NumberBG-FS 002/10
  • CreditlineSchenkung Franziska & Lois Weinberger, 2010
  • On DisplayNo
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The Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) artistic intervention shows the perhaps most radical of all usage concepts for urban wasteland areas: Lois Weinberger, who lived in Berlin for a year between 1994 and 1995, took a plastic watering can, went to the disused site which existed at the time near the corner of Behrenstraße and Ebertstraße and watered the “weeds” that happened to be growing there. The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate form the politically and historically loaded background for the scene, which Lois Weinberger uses principally to create a change in perspective. By granting a gardener’s attention to the wild growth which was prospering on its own, the artist declared the uncontrolled and the societally undesired to be things worthy of protection, and at the same time he transformed the fenced-in area into a garden.