Documenta 14 Obelisk to Stay on View in Kassel

October 19th, 2018

Olu Oguibe, Monument for Strangers and Refugees, 2017Kassel’s controversial obelisk sculpture, installed during Documenta 14 last year, Monument to Strangers and Refugees by artist Olu Oguibe, will remain on view permanently in the city, following protests, defacement, and a temporary removal at the beginning of the month.  “There was no way that I could possibly agree with, or approve of, or be party to the removal of the obelisk from the Königsplatz, and it is my hope that the ugly event of October 3 will give Kassel’s leaders cause to revisit the violence that they’ve repeatedly done to artists’ works and visions, and finally put in place a decent policy to avoid such violence in the future,” the artist said in a statement.

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