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Design: Zeichen und Wunder

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

12|11|2020 until 14|03|2021


Due to the museum's closing until December 20, 2020 the planned exhibition opening on November 11, 2020 has to be postponed!

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. Bäcker’s

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