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Olaf Nicolai, Visualization of the Ground Installation “Oskar: A Camouflage” on Max-Mannheimer-Platz, 2021 | photo: Connolly Weber | © Olaf Nicolai / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 | Courtesy Olaf Nicolai and Galerie Eigen+Art, Leipzig / Berlin

Olaf Nicolai: “Oskar. A Camouflage”

From September 10 to October 10, 2021 within the framework of VARIOUS OTHERS the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism will show the installation “Oskar. A Camouflage” by Olaf Nicolai on Max-Mannheimer-Platz. In this work, specially conceived for the site, Nicolai uses camouflage to make the location apparently disappear and thus stagea complex reenactment of the site’s momentous history.

At the same time, he sets this history in a broader context, referencing the work of the Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer who was ostracized by the Nazis. The installation thus addresses the conditions for art and artists under a dictatorship. The radical modernity of the Bauhaus is echoed in the abstract pattern of the camouflage, derived from a design Schlemmer made in 1941. The design was not, however, intended to be artistic but was conceived for the functional purpose of camouflage. The constructive link between the artistic genres of architecture and painting propagated by the Bauhaus a few years earlier was now perverted into a fatal symbiosis between painting and war.

Opening of the installation

On September 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. with the artist Olaf Nicolai at the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of Nationals Socialism. The opening is also the kick-off of VARIOUS OTHERS. The event only takes place in good weather.

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