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Heimrad Bäcker
it is possible that they won’t kill us and they might allow us to live*

extended until 06|06|2021


From Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 the exhibition opens again. It is necessary to book an appointment in advance for your visit: You can book your ticket here from Monday, March 8, 2021, 2 p.m.
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The exhibition “Heimrad Bäcker. it is possible that they won’t kill us and they might allow us to live” will feature the photographs in the estate of Heimrad Bäcker, which have been housed at mumok (Vienna) since they were bequeathed as a gift in 2015. These more than 14,000 images testify to Bäcker’s lifelong confrontation with the Holocaust. A selection of photographs, notes, texts and found objects will be shown in the exhibition. Many of Bäcker’s photographs were taken long before there was any public attempt to address Germany’s Nazi past. They show former concentration camps overgrown with plants or deliberately repurposed. Bäcker’s photographs and found objects will be shown together with Tatiana Lecomte’s sound work A Murderous Noise and Rainer Iglar’s series of photographs “Mauthausen 1974”.

Particularly relevant for the current work of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism – especially for the development of a “living memorial site” at the former forced labour camp in Neuaubing – is Bäcker’s documentation of a moment of transition when former forgotten or ignored victim sites for the first time started to play a new and central role in the public perception as memorial sites.

An exhibition by the mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in cooperation with the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism.





*Quoted in Heimrad Bäcker, nachschrift 2, ed. Friedrich Achleitner and Thomas Eder (Graz: Droschl, 1997), p. 5. Bäcker quotes the diary entry of an unknown author in the Łódź Ghetto of July 25, 1944, in Unser einziger Weg ist Arbeit. Das Getto Lodz 1940–1944 (Frankfurt: Löcker, 1990), p. 268.




Heimrad Bäcker's photographs (selection)

Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, Seziertisch Mauthausen, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi
Heimrad Bäcker, untitled, undated | © mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, donation from Michael Merighi

View into the exhibition

View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber
View of the exhbition | Photo: Connolly Weber

 

 


Accompanying program


Every sunday (except bank holidays), 10.00 am - Cancelled!
Heimrad Bäcker. es kann sein, dass man uns nicht töten wird und uns erlauben wird, zu leben
Guided tour in German

19.01.2021, 7.00 pm
der schreiber schreibt – Heimrad Bäckers poetische Sprechakte
Online talk in German with Florian Huber and Ann Cotten

31.01.2021, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Spurensuche - Schreibwerkstatt mit Lena Gorelik
Online writing workshop in German

06.02. and 13.03.2021, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm - Cancelled!
Mauthausen und Dachau. Orte des Terrors nach 1945
Guided tour in German at the Munich Documentation Centre and the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

10.02.2021, 7.00 pm
Historische Orte und künstlerische Interventionen
Online discussion in German with Christiane Huber, Leon Kahane and Franz Wanner

24.02.2021, 7.00 pm
In Transition. Erinnerungsorte im Übergang
Online discussion in German with Gabriele Hammermann, Bertrand Perz, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Mirjam Zadoff

27.02.2021, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm - Cancelled!
Vergessene Orte. Mauthausen und das NS-Zwangsarbeiterlager Neuaubing
Guided tour in German at the Munich Documentation Centre and the Memorial Site Neuaubing

09.03.2021, 7 pm
Architecture as Evidence – The Case of Auschwitz
Online lecture in English by Robert Jan van Pelt


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