Government offices put laws and political decisions into practice. Thus the citizen encounters in government offices the state in its practical manifestation. Public discussion of the political consequences of the work done by government offices takes place, if at all, in parliament and in the media. Against this backdrop, one cannot praise enough the decision to open a space for reflection in the local authority in Munich.

The Liftarchiv that the artists’ group Szuper Gallery installed in the entrance hall refers to the site of its installation, and in ever new attempts using the means of art, it poses questions about the composition of public space. Unlike most of the works financed from the Kunst-am-Bau budget (a programme to put works of art in public buildings – Trans), which are typically static, the Liftarchiv, in which one could ride up and down as in an elevator, served as a site for changing exhibitions, installations and video presentations.

Now that the exhibition phase is complete, the activities will be documented and archived as a permanent installation in the Liftarchiv.

Heinz Schütz

The Liftarchiv
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