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But You Have to Be ARMED
  • © Hans Scheib
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Hans Scheib (*1949)

  • TitleBut You Have to Be ARMED
  • Date1984
  • CategorySkulptur
  • MaterialHolz, bemalt
  • Dimensions185 x 40 x 120 cm (Objektmaß)
  • Inventory NumberBG-S 3944/87
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Künstlerförderung des Senators für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, 1986
  • On DisplayNo
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In 1977 Hans Scheib came from Dresden to the East-Berlin
district of Prenzlauer Berg with its influential subcultural scene.
Here, he ran a shop-studio where he also produced the
sculpture Du musst doch BEWAFFNET sein! / But you need to
be ARMED! This outsized manikin contradicts every ideal of
beauty with his bow legs and deformed facial features. Despite
the huge club, the figure appears helpless – lost rather than
The sculpture was Hans Scheib’s mocking response to the state
propaganda of the GDR. Didactic slogans were all that the latter
could offer in opposition to the motto of the still young peace
movement, “swords to ploughshares”, and its demand for a civil
alternative to military service. And so in 1981, for example, an
action by the state youth organisation FDJ (Freie Deutsche
Jugend) took place under the heading: “Peace must be
defended – peace must be armed”. At the time the sculpture
was being made, Hans Scheib left the official artists association
and went on to leave the GDR only a year later.