Bernhard Heiliger
Maquette for Monument for the Unknown Political Prisoner 1953

Artwork details

Bernhard Heiliger 1915–1995
Maquette for Monument for the Unknown Political Prisoner
Modell zum 'Denkmal des Unbekannten Politischen Gefangenen'
Date 1953
Medium Bronze and iron on steel plate
Dimensions Object: 594 x 901 x 901 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1984
Not on display

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Heiliger was one of twelve national prizewinners of the competition for a monument to 'The Unknown Political Prisoner', whose entries were sent from Germany for display in the international exhibition held at the Tate Gallery in 1953. This work was cast from the plaster maquette that Heiliger submitted to the competition. A second cast is in the museum at Checkpoint Charlie, which until 1989 was a celebrated border crossing between East and West Berlin and was suggested as a possible site for Reg Butler's overall winning entry to the competition.

August 2004

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