Beton-Cadillacs

At Rathenauplatz, Wolf Vostell with his monument of two Cadillacs set in concrete for the 750th anniversary of the founding of Berlin, has created the most controversial sculpture of all those which in the 80’s turned the Kurfürstendamm into a “boulevard of sculpture.” The title “2 Cadillacs in the form of the naked Maja”, a reference to the famous Goya painting, gives one an idea of the degree of mockery and self-parody that we are subjected to. The art work, which plays in many ways with German and American identification, was erected in 1987 and passes comment at the west end of the Kurfürstendamm on the torrent of metal branching off to the city motorway and leading from it back into the boulevard. The sculpture set civil rights groups and associations against each other as they tried hard to get it taken down. Hardly fifteen years after it was first exhibited, the work maintains its intense critical power. Moreover, the controversy that it has provoked has made it a significant record of contemporary history.

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