The Monument (1997)

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    United Kingdom

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In 1995, British sculptor Rachel Whiteread won an open competition to design and build a Holocaust memorial in Vienna. The film follows the political and organisational conflicts that resulted, providing an insight into the challenges that face artists making public works. The commission, made by the City Council of Vienna, was publicly endorsed by the President of Austria and supported by Simon Wiesenthal. However, Rachel and her team were faced with an implacable and labyrinthine bureaucracy. Work progressed slowly as excavations on the site, the Judenplatz, revealed the remains of the first, mediaeval Jewish ghetto and controversy broke out within the small Jewish community. The press exploited the dispute and local elections resulted in a new and unsympathetic administration. Meanwhile, the artist struggled with the manufacturers to achieve the level of finish she wanted for the memorial.

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