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In 2002, the artist built a reproduction to scale of the monument to Rosa Luxemburgo, Karl Liebknecht and the Spartakists killed by the German police in 1919. This monument was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1928 and destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. The original project designed by the rationalist architect held a constructivist syntax and was dedicated to the leaders of the German revolutionary proletariat, two reasons why this should have been demolished by the Social-Democratic state and a great allegory on the failure of the political project of Modernity. The work by Domènec, based on this episode, is called Existenzminimum and the monument became a tiny, portable dwelling which brought back to us the memory of Europe’s recent history from unhappiness to the present.

This work was erected in the parque de la Devesa in Girona and later at the Fundació Espais. More recently, in 2010, the construction formed part of the exhibition entitled Modernologies in the MACBA (Barcelona) and contributed new comprehensive interpretations on the passing of time and the political troubles of at the crucial times of the past. Now, without renouncing the political significance, the structure built on a smaller scale has now become a building game which allows one to continue activating critical interpretations. The wooden pieces we have to handle contain a profound reflection on aesthetics of resistance, within reach of everyone.

 

 

Domènec (1962)

Domènec, an artist, has created works of sculpture, photography and held interventions in public spaces which focus on the most complex psyche of thought and modern culture based on architecture. His works and workshops which have been exhibited and held in several countries (Mexico, Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland…) offer archives of readings on the discourses of authority and power set in several contexts. Identifying architecture as a “political sub-conscience” allows him to rehash the critical-poetic universe of authors such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier or Mies van der Rohe, protagonists of an impotent Modernity to achieve their promises of progress and welfare for all.

His work investigates the value of representation and offers new political strategies of historic memory and social empowerment which clash with the orthodox models of history from an acute, critical sense.

 

Some recent exhibitions:

The Worker’s Hand, Kaapelin Galleria, Helsinki (2012); Mano a mano con el General Cárdenas, Antimuseo de Arte Contemporaneo, México DF (2011); Això no és un museu. Artefactes mòbils a l’aguait, ACVic, Vic (2011); Silêncios e Sussurros, Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos, Viamão, Brasil (2010); The Invisible City, Gallery Myymälä2, Helsinki (2010); ID #5 Manresa. Ciutat Intervinguda, Manresa (2010); Canòdrom 00:00:00, Centre d’Art Canòdrom, Barcelona (2010); Modernologies, MACBA, Barcelona (2009); Real Estate, Espai Zero1, Olot (2008).

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Title:

“Rosa,  Karl and Ludwig”

 

Artist:

Domènec

 

Year:

2012

 

Edition:

First edition of 50

 

Materials:

Vaporized beech wood, varnish

 

Dimensions:

30 x 8 x 10 cm

 

Comments:

This work includes assembly instructions and timeline designed by the artist.
All works are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.


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