in front of Filmmuseum

Breite Strasse 1a

Witaj / Willkommen, 2006

Wood, mortar, sound, 10.74 x 3.73 x 1 m

Courtesy of the artists & European Art Projects

Photos: Krzysztof Zieliński / European Art Projects

Mirosław Bałka (*1958, lives in Warsaw) concerns himself with the disasters

of planned rationalism. His sculpture Witaj/ Willkommen is a 'quote'

of the kitchen barrack at the gate of the concentration camp Auschwitz 1,

in front of which the camp orchestra had to play. An exactly to scale

replica barrack wall was placed near the Lublin Gate in Zamość,

in Potsdam at the beginning of Breite Strasse in front of the royal horse stables

which now are the film museum. Here in 1933 on the 'Potsdam Day'

the sound of marching troops could be heard on the way to the nearby

Garnison church. When passers-by walk past the sculpture, out of the heart

of the wooden structure comes the sound of the Radetzky march.

Mirosław Bałka sculpture Witaj / Willkommen in Zamość

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