Thomas Locher

Kunstverein München

Since 1989, it is not only the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany that has increased, but the legion of unemployed and of right-wing extremists. And for the first time since World War II, Germany is once again involved in combat, in ex-Yugoslavia. It seems timely, therefore, to take another look at the foundations of this state: namely, its so-called Basic Law, the Grundgesetz. As things stand today, presenting this text in any form, and certainly displaying it publicly, is in itself a political act, casting a certain doubt on the legitimacy of present-day developments and procedures. Why else would Thomas Locher be examining it so minutely just now? In his recent project, this Cologne-based artist wrote out the Basic Law on the walls of the Kunstverein München.

In “Präambel und Grundrechte in Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (Preamble and basic rights in the basic

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