Markus Hansen

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations / Serge Aboukrat

Born in Germany in 1963, Markus Hansen belongs to a generation of artists still coming to grips with the trauma of their country’s Nazi past. While he has often looked to the history and symbols of his fatherland as fodder for his art, in his recent two shows, autonomous yet complementary vignettes, Hansen established a radical position for himself vis-à-vis his generation’s demanding, often suspicious relationship with the past. (Although not formally affiliated, Hansen’s concurrent installation at Gilles Peyroulet, Dürer’s Pillows, 1996–98, three-dimensional re-creations of the old master’s drawings of cushions, could be seen as conceptually linked to the other two shows in its desire to reinvent an aspect of German history.)

Set up in the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations was the video installation Pasolini Loop, 1997–99. On entering the churchlike space, the viewer was immediately

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