Sibylle Bergemann Gummlin, Usedom, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany November 1975

  • Not on view

In The Monument, Bergemann documents the several phases of the production and installation of the Marx-Engels-Forum monument in East Berlin. Created by the artist Ludwig Engelhardt, the sculpture was intended to express the idea that socialism is something historically German. The pictures resonate with quiet irony: it sometimes appears as though the monument is being dismantled rather than constructed—an allegory for the ultimate fate of the German Democratic Republic.

Gallery label from 2020
Gelatin silver print
8 × 11 15/16" (20.3 × 30.4 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of Robert B. Menschel
Object number
© 2024 Estate of Sibylle Bergemann

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