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Selektion - Neunter November Nacht 1996 Installation

Kulturbrauerei Berlin 1988 Large installation in the city center of Cologne, between the Ludwig Museum and the Cologne Cathedral: “Neunter November Nacht” (Ninth November Night).
A four-meter-high, hundred-meter-long picture lane in which Helnwein recalls the “Reichskristallnacht”, the beginning of the Holocaust, on 9 November 1938. He confronts the passersby with larger-than-life children’s faces lined up in a seemingly endless row, as if for concentration camp selection. Just days into the exhibit, these portraits were vandalized by unknown persons, symbolically cutting the throats of the depicted children’s faces.
Since then large scale installations in public spaces became an important part of his work