As part of Germany’s purge of Degenerate Art, the two figurative sculptures by the artist Bernard Sopher that flanked the entrance to Düsseldorf’s Kunstpalast were removed in 1937 and melted down for their bronze. They have never been replaced and today their pedestals stand empty. Using archival photos of the sculptures, I reenact the figure in memory of the fallen.

Placed in an archival box is a triptych of images: the original sculpture, the empty pedestal, and my reenactment.

Shown here is the sculpture to the right of the Kunstpalast's entrance.

Filling in for a Friend (Right)

Set of three photo collages, archival card, archival box

Photo collage: 16.5 x 12.5 inches (each); Archival card: 2 x 3 inches; Archival boxes: 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/12 inches (each)

2015

 

Shown here is the sculpture to the left of the Kunstpalast's entrance.

Filling in for a Friend (Left)

Set of three photo collages, archival card, archival box

Photo collage: 16.5 x 12.5 inches (each); Archival card: 2 x 3 inches; Archival boxes: 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/12 inches (each)

2015