Bataille Monument  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Bataille Monument (2002) is a 'perishable monument' by Thomas Hirschhorn dedicated to Georges Bataille, shown at Documenta11.

Here is the official short text:

"Thomas Hirschhorn plugs himself into the communicative potential of thought discontent with the enforced definitions and limitations of a hyper- capitalist, multinational rhetoric of globalization. Neglecting material worth, his work encompasses diverse sculptural models in an impoverished taste for the product wrappings of consumer industry – aluminum foil, plastic, cardboard and plywood – suspending capitalist desires in a state of constant creative anarchy. Following a logic of ephemerality, accumulation and a potential openendedness, Hirschhorn’s perishable monuments to Benedict de Spinoza (Amsterdam, 1999), Gilles Deleuze (Avignon, 2000), Georges Bataille (2002, Kassel) and Antonio Gramsci (not yet realized), reflect upon communal commitment and “the quality of internal beauty” (Hirschhorn). Personally and socially mapping the city of Kassel for more than a year, Hirschhorn integrates the Bataille Monument actively into the lives of a marginalized local community for the duration of the exhibition. Forgoing traditional terms of knowledge production, the work returns the museum’s ritualized function of displaying and collecting to the public realm."

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