This open call from the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg for an exhibition is open to artists based in Germany and abroad. Selected artists will conceptualize and implement a contemporary artistic intervention at the Equestrian Statue that stands in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin.
As part of the special exhibition, from 1 July to 31 October 2023 the palace’s ‘Equestrian Statue’ will be reassessed. The statue, which stands in front of the Charlottenburg Palace, portrays the Elector Friedrich Wilhelm (1620-1688) and serves as a stark reminder of colonialism.
A contemporary artistic intervention at the Equestrian Statue should address the different historical facets and significance of the site and surrounding urban space, attempting to address the aforementioned questions as well as raise further questions. Secondly, the intervention will be a conversation point and connect past historical narratives with potential future interpretations of history. What the historical and iconographic references of the statue allude to, how colonial references can be made visible, what history is remembered at this place and other questions should be clarified with the intervention.
Applications can be submitted until 30 September. The bid interview and competition presentation is planned for 29/30 November in Potsdam. 3 finalists will be selected and given the opportunity to further develop their idea sketch over a period of four weeks. More information can be found here.