SIEV-X - Zu einem Fall verschärfter Flüchtlingspolitik, 2001-2003
On a case of intensified refugee politics, Dierk Schmidt
Dierk Schmidt
SIEV-X - Zu einem Fall verschärfter Flüchtlingspolitik, 2001-2003 On a case of intensified refugee politics
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Dierk Schmidt

SIEV-X - Zu einem Fall verschärfter Flüchtlingspolitik, 2001-2003 On a case of intensified refugee politics, 2001 – 2003


Inventory Number
2259
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
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Pictures which should not exist: Dierk Schmidt's nineteen-part history picture SIEV-X "Zu einem Fall verschärfter Flüchtlingspolitik" (On a Case of Tightened Refugee Policy) is a political statement and reflection on the possibilities of political painting. The work shows a case of failure to give assistance and disastrous refugee policy from 2001 and links him with a main work of European history painting: Théodore Géricault's 'Raft of the Medusa' of 1819. In both cases the painting replaces non-existent public pictures, in other words, press pictures which were intentionally suppressed. Schmidt's painting is the result of an investigative process. The death of hundreds of boat people was knowingly accepted and the incident is strikingly similar, both aesthetically and politically, to the gruesome events following the shipwreck of the French frigate 'Medusa' in 1816. At the same time, a completely new narrative method was introduced in the making of the painting: transparent or black films and the fragmentation of the subject of the picture. The viewer must create a meaningful version of the story from the nineteen parts of the work.

Video

  • Kunst nach 1945: Dierk Schmidt
    Dierk Schmidt (*1965) stellt in diesem Film der Städel-Reihe "Kunst nach 1945" Arbeiten aus seinem 19-teiligen Werkzyklus "SIEV-X – Zu einem Fall verschärfter Flüchtlingspolitik" (2001/02) vor. Die Werke des 1965 in Unna geborenen und in Berlin lebenden Künstlers verbinden einen Fall von unterlassener Hilfeleistung bei einem Schiffsunglück vor der Küste Australiens im Jahr 2001 mit einem der Hauptwerke der europäischen Historienmalerei: Théodore Géricaults „Das Floß der Medusa“ von 1819. Einen weiteren Bezugspunkt bildet Eugène Delacroix’ Gemälde „Die Freiheit auf den Barrikaden“ von 1830. Für Untertitel klicken Sie bitte auf das Untertitel-Symbol am rechten unteren Rand des Videos. For subtitles please click the captions icon at the bottom of the video. http://www.staedelmuseum.de/#youtube

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Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Medial Picture Elements
  • Théodore Géricault: Le Radeau de la Méduse, 1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • Eugène Delacroix: Dante et Virgile aux enfers, 1822, Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • Eugène Delacroix: La Liberté guidant le peuple, 1830-1831, Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • John Woo: Nike - Airport, Werbefilm mit der Brasilianischen Fußball-Nationalmannschaft, Niederlande 1998

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 61E(PARIS) names of cities and villages (PARIS)
  • 61F(MUSEE DE LOUVRE) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (MUSEE DE LOUVRE)
  • 48A821 permanent exhibition, museum
  • 46C38 airfield, airport
  • 43C2 sports, games and physical performances ~ speed
  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 25H2311 wave
  • 44C3 politics
  • 46B35 advertising
  • 45C1 weapons

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25.01.2021