“Hitler’s Bronze Horses” in Berlin: This work of art will lose its momentum – Districts – Berlin

Urte Evert, head of the museum, announced that “Hitler’s Bronze Horses” would come to the citadel of Berlin-Spandau in the summer and be on view from autumn 2022 in the Spandau newsletter betrayed three months ago. But one important detail remained open in the spring: Where is the huge sculpture actually going on the huge cultural fortress? The Tagesspiegel newsletter for Berlin-Spandau now reports on this in its current edition.

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“The concept envisages bringing one of the horses into the existing exhibition in the room with other National Socialist monuments,” said Spandau City Councilor for Culture Frank Bewig, CDU, in the hallways of the town hall. The sculpture will of course be commented on and also prepared for tactile tours. And above all: The “striding horses” are set up separately to take their momentum.

The horses weigh more than a ton and are three meters high, museum director Urte Evert told the Tagesspiegel. And she quit too last year in the daily mirror: “The monument is not glorified”.

“To ensure that these large bronzes do not completely dominate the room, the second horse will be placed in the newly prepared display depot of the so-called Bastion Queen,” says City Councilor Bewig. bastion queen? What is meant by this is the citadel courtyard, which is to the far right of the entrance – Here is a terrain graphic: It’s about place number 6. Before that, at the last Christmas market, there was a very cozy corner with langos, tomatoes, and garlic.

“It will be housed there together with other controversial objects in such a way that accompanying events on the topic of ‘dealing with problematic culture of remembrance’ can be held,” said the City Councilor for Culture.

The “Striding Horses”, photographed in 2015.Photo: pa/dpa

In Berlin there are always arguments about ‘toxic’ sculptures, which some would rather not see anymore and others even destroy, like here in Zehlendorf and here recently only at the bridge of the citadel. There the steel helmet was stolen, the history of which the museum actually wanted to comment on with signs. Access to the horse is only possible during guided tours or special events.

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The wild story behind this mighty sculpture is as follows: The work of art was designed by Josef Thorak, one of Adolf Hitler’s ‘God-gifted’ favorite sculptors.

They stood at the Reich Chancellery until 1943, were later hidden, stood unnoticed next to the sports field of a Soviet barracks in Eberswalde/GDR, were sold for millions in 1989 during the reunification period and smuggled to West Germany by Nazi art fans and only rediscovered in 2015. Until the end, the horses were parked at the LKA in Rhineland-Palatinate. Next stage: Spandau.

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