Monuments and Krzysztof Wodiczko- Hirshhorn Museum


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Video Title:
Monuments and Krzysztof Wodiczko- Hirshhorn Museum

Chief curator Stéphane Aquin on Krzysztof Wodiczko’s iconic, large-scale outdoor projection “Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC,” 1988–2000. In celebration of the opening of “Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s,” the Hirshhorn Museum will present a three-night restaging of the projection. A Polish-born American artist, Krzystof Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale projections that address such themes as war, conflict, trauma, and memory. By using the façades of buildings and monuments as backdrops for his work, Wodiczko interrogates the construction of collective memory and history while reconsidering the meaning of public space. In a career spanning four decades, he has realized more than 80 of these public projects all around the world. Wodiczko is currently Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at Harvard University. “…the 30-year-old projection appears to me today strangely familiar and at once unbearably relevant. More than ever before, the meaning of our monuments depends on our active role in turning them into sites of memory and critical evaluation of history as well as places of public discourse and action.” – Krzystof Wodiczko

Video Duration:
1 min 6 sec