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

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

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing

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
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
8 × 11 15/16" (20.3 × 30.4 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Robert B. Menschel
Object number
419.2017
Copyright
© 2021 Estate of Sibylle Bergemann
Department
Photography
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