Tacita Dean (*1965)
“I find things in the process of disappearing attractive,” Tacita Dean admits. In her works she tracks down stories, places and people whose appearance reveals to us the transformations of the times. Before this background it is not surprising that the artist made the Palace of the Republic into the subject of a film work and a portfolio of six coloured photo engravings in 2005: at that time the building erected by the GDR government on the site of the former Berlin City Palace was destined for demolition. However, it was still possible to use the gutted building for art exhibitions and actions on a temporary basis. It was during this period that Dean produced the mysterious, melancholy images of the portfolio “Palace”. These are very much sections of images; in them the strict angularity of the modern building’s glass facade is permeated by the neo-baroque forms of the cathedral opposite and vice versa. In the shape of architectural fragments, the different layers of the past meet in the presence of these images and so manifest Berlin’s complex history. In a sensitive way, in these works Tacita Dean has also created an allegory of time and transience.
Portfolio containing 6 photo engravings in colour,
each 49.5 x 69.5 cm
Acquired in the context of the promotional programme for artists run by the Senate Offices for Science, Research and Culture, Department of Fine Art – Grants and Project Support, Berlin 2007
© Tacita Dean