KREUZ WEG - LOVEUROPE - state museum berlin 2018-2020
STADTMUSEUM BERLIN FOUNDATION
STATE MUSEUM FOR BERLIN CULTURE AND HISTORY
DIRECTOR OF STADTMUSEUM BERLIN FOUNDATION
CHIEF-CURATOR OF BERLIN IN THE HUMBOLDTFORUM
KREUZ WEG - an installation as a European journey
by Mia Florentine Weiss
at the NIKOLAIKIRCHE MUSEUM BERLIN
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles, the artist Mia Florentine Weiss will transform the main nave of the Nikolaikirche into a universal ‘Way of the Cross’ through a large-scale installation of a walk-in cross. Entering the installation, visitors will encounter a physical experience, one in which their own weaknesses, identities and questions are confronted, pushing them to the limits of perception.
The cross will be set upon the model of a hill amassed from topsoil originating in each European state.
The artist will collect the soil from every of the 47 European countries. The soil will be integrated into the installation continuously throughout its duration.
Mia Florentine Weiss, Berlin, 2017
"A peaceful Europe without borders is not self evident. We must take a stand for this together - now and in the future! The current rise in populism shows how quickly the notion of Europe can fall victim to national egotism. The knowledge, view, and experience of the steadfastness of Europe’s humanism should become a reality both for us and for future generations.”
Paul Spies, Berlin, 2017
"In the First World War, soldiers marched into the war with God by their side. Of the few who returned, many did so without Him. A hundred years later, the German artist Mia Florentine Weiss, symbolizes this trauma with an enormous fallen cross in Nikolaikirche: it is accessible, but not to the end. "