project

Monument to Revolution (after Mies) (Zagreb, Croatia)

lead artist

Sanja Iveković

since

2013

suggested by

Antonia Majača

About

This proposal calls for the reconstruction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s non-existent Monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht (Monument to the November Revolution). Commissioned by the German Communist Party as a memorial to the 1918—19 Revolution, the monument was designed by Mies van der Rohe, built in Berlin in 1926, and destroyed by the Nazis nine years later. Materialised as a spatial reminder to the brick wall in front of which the revolutionaries were killed by the proto-fascist Freikorps, the original formal structure serves both as a reference point for Iveković’s new monument’s design and its conceptual grounding. The endeavour to actually rebuild it is, however, envisioned as a collaborative process, to be developed over indefinite time period and through an international platform that would give visibility and strengthen international insurrectionary, anti-fascist, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist alliances and solidarities.

Who

Throughout my career, my work has offered a critical analysis of society, politics, and the media. I was primarily interested in dealing with the institution of power, be it Communist or nationalist or Capitalist, and their representation of ‘femininity’. At the beginning of the 1990s, I began to collaborate with a number of women’s non-governmental organisations in Croatia.