Hans Haacke, Der Bevölkerung

Hans Haacke, Der Bevölkerung, 2000
the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, © VGBild-Kunst

Invited by a committee of twelve parliament members to propose a work for Sir Norman Foster’s renovated Reichstag, Haacke proposed a work that would both critique the building’s 1915 inscription and require parliament members to deposit two 25-kilogram bags of soil from their region onto a plot in the northern courtyard. Despite efforts by a coalition of Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union to defeat his proposal, the measure passed by a narrow margin of 260 to 258.

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