Tuesday, March 5 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm AEDT
Please join us for the launch of Bus Stop, an installation by renowned German artists, Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock.
Originally conceived in 1995 as an alternative to a static Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Bus Stop, a mobile sculpture, enables the public to actively commemorate the Holocaust by engaging with former sites of Nazi atrocity. “We wanted to create a work that enables active remembrance through the networking of places and information.”
Professors Stih and Schnock will be in conversation with the Museum’s former CEO, Jayne Josem, discussing Bus Stop’s conception and ongoing significance.
Bus Stop will be on display at the Museum through March 2024
“BUS STOP” was Stih and Schnock’s response to the competition for a “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”, where a representative memorial was planned in the center of Berlin, near Brandenburg Gate. Their concept of a transitory memorial aims to clarify that doesn’t need monumental constructs to commemorate the victims, because the whole country and many parts of Europe are full of places and stories that need to be preserved from oblivion. Visiting the former concentration camps makes you feel a sense of trepidation, because the idea of horrific events, the view of harrowing documents that we know from film footage and photos remains unforgettable. Stih and Schnock conceptualized an installation of a transitory sculpture on the dedicated lot, a bus terminal. From there, red buses would drive to actual commemoration sites and former death camps in both, near and distant vicinity all over Europe. The destination and the inscription “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” is written on the red buses. In this way the remembrance of the Holocaust is redirected to the crime scenes, away from that lofty site in the middle of the German capital and right into the banal everyday structure of our mobile society.