The Stand

Das Pult

Le Pupitre

CR 100. Year 1991

Das Pult Jochen Gerz Cr 100 2 Web
Das Pult Jochen Gerz Cr 100 1 Web

Among the objects of art, and similar enough to be confused with them, there was also a lectern.

Time is a creeping process of devaluation of the obvious. For art that means that an understanding of questions that have not been asked, as once existed, can only be restored through questioning, through memory, through recalling to mind. Always assuming that such a restoration against time is possible at all.

Ulrich Krempel 1988

Gerz’s work invites the viewer to act as "author". In keeping with the utopian aspect of his practice, Gerz expects the viewer to supply the "additional" content of the work, to "undo" what he, as an artist, has done.

Bojana Pejic 1993

Is this actually an artwork or not? Is it an expanded form of conceptual art in the sense that things are not only signified but also made visible?

Paolo Bianchi 2016

Ist das jetzt ein Kunstwerk oder ist es keines? Ist es erweiterte Konzeptkunst, da Dinge nicht nur bezeichnet, sondern nun auch sichtbar gemacht werden?

Paolo Bianchi 2016


Installation / Work in public space

Vinyl letters, acrylic glass, 50 x 64 x 1.5 cm, iron lectern, total 140 x 64 x 30 cm

A lectern with a text is installed at a distance of one meter from a wall. Other lectern works in public space are Le monument à la paix (115) and Die Heimkehr der Erinnerung (122).


Innenstadt Hannover 1991. Sydney 1992. Wien 1993. Strasbourg 1994. Vancouver 1994 (Newport Beach 1995. Purchase 1996. Winnipeg 1996/97)


I: Sydney 1992, p. 111. Wien 1993c, p. 99. Strasbourg 1994, pp. 120-122. Vancouver 1994, pp. 96-97. Düsseldorf 1997, pp. 196-197. Bolzano 1999

V: Glanz 1991, p. 13

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My name is Jochen Gerz