Jenny Holzer: For Frankfurt
Edited by Friederike von Bünau. Text by Henri Cole, Rose-Maria Gropp, Peter Weibel.
In October 2010, Jenny Holzer (born 1950) launched an ambitious public artwork in the city of Frankfurt. From the night of October 4 onward, Holzer projected a series of scrolling text works onto six public buildings in the city: the Alte Nikolaikirche, the Römer, the Dreikönigskirche, the Literaturhaus, St. Katharinenkirche and Portikus. All of the texts related to either the city itself or to the history of German Protestantism, and were drawn from the works of philosophers and writers such as Wislawa Szymborska, Theodor Adorno, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Buber, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sören Kierkegaard, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher and Paul Tillich. This volume records the commission, showing how Holzer’s (unusually lengthy) excerpts, set in heavy, sans-serif caps, dramatized Germany’s intellectual and literary heritage.