Alfredo Jaar

Requiem

Since the beginning of his career, Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956 in Santiago de Chile, lives and works in New York) has attracted attention with political works, which critically address, for example, crimes against humanity and the way they are handled by the global public. He repeatedly dealt with the politician Henry Kissinger, who, as Secretary of State, was responsible for numerous of the USA’s interventions into the policies of other nations, such as the specific support of the military coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, which overturned a democratically elected government and entailed death, torture, and expulsion. As the United States has never ratified the 1998 treaty of theestablishment of the International Criminal Court, Kissinger cannot be prosecuted by it for his decisions. Alfredo Jaar’s work Requiem (2017) imprisons Kissinger’s book World Order (2014) in a cage, in place of its author – together with a candle in memory of the victims of Kissinger’s policy to this day. Recently, Jaar’s works were shown at, among others, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2016); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2015); Times Square, New York (2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst; Berlinische Galerie; Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2012); Venice Biennale (2013; 2009; 2007; 1986); São Paulo Biennial (2010; 1989; 1987); documenta, Kassel (1987; 2002).



Requiem
2017, cage, book, candle, 37.5 x 37.5 x 38 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP, certificate
3.900 euro member, 4.400 euro non-member