Raffael Rheinsberg

Kunsthalle Nürnberg

A few months ago, when Raffael Rheinsberg flew a German flag at half mast in the Swedish city of Visby, German tourists saw their carefree vacation moods and their feelings of national pride being compromised. With the intervention of the German consul, Rheinsberg’s social sculpture had to be moved to a less visible location. In the meantime a Swedish collector placed this Fahne für Deutschland (Flag for Germany, 1993) in his front garden.

The small retrospective of seven of Rheinsberg’s works dealt with the disappearance and negation of the values of the former German Democratic Republic. Since the fall of the Berlin wall, this subject has occupied Rheinsberg almost exclusively; he has followed the traces of a deteriorating society, and exhibited objects that document what he has found. Orient und Okzident (East and West, 1993) was one of the most impressive works here: 28 massive copper

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