Stolen History—Statue of Liberty was first presented at the Łódź Biennale in 2010, where it was put up in a courtyard off Piotrkowska Street. It is a gigantic balaclava helmet designed for the Statue of Liberty.
Two years earlier, Knorr had also placed balaclavas onto monuments in Copenhagen (as part of the U-Turn Quadrennial for Contemporary Art), which made historical figures—kings, bishops and generals—look like terrorists. After a few hours, the police intervened and made the exhibition organisers remove the balaclavas. The artist tackles methods for introducing official historical narrative into public space, while at the same time asking what should be remembered and how, and what we should try to erase from our collective, community memory.
Medium: spacial installation
Format: height - 780 cm, diameter - 960 cm
Ownership form: collection Source: Daniel Knorr Index: MSN: 4300-18/2011 Acquisition date: Nov 9, 2011 Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage