Tamás St.Turba at Vertigo of Freedom (Schwindel der Freiheit)
19 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
Balassi Institut – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB)
Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin, Deutschland
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Interview with Tamás St.Turba about Statue of Liberty’s Soul W 1992.
Artists: Jakup Ferri, Ion Grigorescu, Raphaël Grisey, Jaroslav Kysa, Imre Lepsényi, Société Réaliste, IPUT / Tamás St.Turba and Ulrich Vogl
Curator: Kata Krasznahorkai
In 1992, after he had returned from his exile in Switzerland, IPUT / ST. TURBA transformed the Statue of Liberty in Budapest into a soul. He covered the 40-metre-tall statue – which had been built under the Stalinist regime on the occasion of the liberation of Budapest by the Red Army from the Nazi occupation – in a huge, white gown with two black holes for eyes and it blew there in the wind for four days above Budapest. The Statue of Liberty’s Soul remains, more then twenty years after its first appearance, a living symbol of the controversy surrounding the notion of freedom.
Tamás St.Auby (superintendent of IPUT in 1991):
„(…) In early 1991, when one fraction of the tribes from the Carpathian Basin wanted to destroy the Statue of Liberty on [Budapester] Gellért Hill and another wanted to keep it, Júlia Lorrensy, the fantastic French artist of Hungarian descent, holding a cocktail glass to her red smiling lips and forming a question mark with her black eyebrows, said to me: Read More