Sabine Breitwieser (ed.) for the Generali Foundation, Vienna 2001.
Preface by Dietrich Karner, texts by Sabine Breitwieser, Hans Haacke, Christian Kravagna and Heidemarie Uhl.
Germ./Engl., 192 pages, 21 color and 41 black-and-white illustrations, softcover
In his first exhibition in Vienna, Hans Haacke focuses on “a single problem area: how the country deals with its history and national identity. More than I care for, these questions stir up emotions both in Austria and Germany.” To his mind, the works he produced for Graz in 1988 and 1996 have, unfortunately, lost none of their relevance. Issues relating to the construction of identity are also evident in his project for the Reichstag building in Berlin, 1999. In the new installation, Mia san mia (We are who we are), developed especially for this exhibition, he takes up this theme from another topical perspective.
These projects, as well as selected historical works, will be presented in the publication in the form of texts and photographs. Two essays will discuss the works in a wider context. The book thus contributes to the current discourse (“culture of memory.”) Numerous writings from Haacke will be made available in English and German for the first time.