Thomas Kilpper

Former GDR Ministry for State Security/Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and yet the headquarters of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, the former East German secret police better known as the Stasi, remains virtually untransformed. The most significant change has been the removal of millions of files, as investigators try to clarify what is still a very hazy episode in German history. With “State of Control,” Thomas Kilpper has created a labor-intensive intervention in one of the headquarters’ buildings—long abandoned and now up for sale—with an extensive series of linocuts meticulously etched into the original linoleum floor and then utilized to make massive prints exhibited on an upper floor and hung from the building’s facade. Concurrently, an extensive exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presented older work as well as video documentation.

If the German term Vergangenheitsbewältigung

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