Logo Exhibition - Displaying Power - Art as a Strategy of Rule
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Poster - Displaying Power - Art as a Strategy of Rule

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Rather than abstract art, some politicians, businessmen and corporate executives prefer artwork showing famous or worthy personalities as a way of identifying with their life’s work and expressing their own world view. Portraits can also serve as a motivational tool, urging the viewer to follow in the revered subject’s footsteps. In the old days, rulers used to put together galleries of ancestral portraits in order to build trust in themselves, since the tradition and rank of their family were symbolized in those portraits. Today, we have similar practices: representatives of private banks appear together with portraits of their forefathers and leading politicians of Germany’s Social Democratic Party can often be seen at party headquarters standing before a larger-than-life statue of their longstanding chairman, Willy Brandt.

Franz Müntefering vor der Brandt-Statue von Rainer Fetting, 2008
Detlev Schilke
Franz Müntefering vor der Brandt-Statue von Rainer Fetting, 2008

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