CR 400. Year 1990

Erase The Past Jochen Gerz Cr 400 Web


The largest letters of ‘THE PAST’ correspond to the smallest of “ERASE”. Nothing fits together.

Doris von Drahten 1992

The work was done for Berlin, where Gerz was born and lived as a child through World War II. He divided the piece in two: Erase, installed in the Galerie Anselm Dreher in the western part of the city… The second part, The Past, shown in the Galerie Vier in East Berlin… Only in memory did the piece become one. For Gerz, the unification of Germany doesn’t mean that the past (two pasts) can be immediately resolved.

Andreas Vowinckel 1992

Mixed Media Photograph

ERASE # 6: 2 framed b+w photographs, 1 of them with text collage (red vinyl), each 64,2 x 46,5 cm, total 64,2 x 94 cm

THE PAST # 4: 2 framed b+w photographs, 1 of them with text collage (red and black vinyl), each 54,9 x 39,3 cm, total 54,9 x 79,6 cm

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden


Berlin 1991. Görlitz 2022


I: Bremen 1992, pp. 24, 133

II: Kreis 1991. Müller 1991, p. 33. Plewina 1991. Durand 1999

III: Wulffen 1992, p. 30

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My name is Jochen Gerz