Swastika Spray-Painted on Nicole Eisenman’s Outdoor Sculpture in Münster

Nicole Eisenman, Sketch for a Fountain, 2017.


For the second time, Nicole Eisenman’s fountain piece for Skulptur Projekte Münster has been vandalized. The artist and the online magazine Alles Münster are reporting that the piece, Sketch for a Fountain (2017), a plaster and bronze fountain made up of four androgynous figures, was spray-painted with a swastika, a phallus, and other imagery on Friday night. The police are investigating.

On her private Facebook page, Eisenman posted a note discussing the incident in relation to the rise of the AfD—the far-right Alternative for Germany party—ahead of the upcoming German election. Her message, which she has given ARTnews permission to reprint, reads:

“Last night my piece in Skulptur Projekte Münster was spray painted with a swastika and further vandalized, they broke the fountain pumps. This, on the eve of the election in Germany where its predicted that the AfD will enter the German Parliament for the first time… real Nazis in the German Reichstag for the first time since the end of World War Two.”

Earlier this summer, in July, Eisenman’s work, which is situated on the city’s well-trafficked promenade, was damaged after an attack, with the head of one of the figures cut off.

Sarah Douglas and Alex Greenberger contributed reporting.

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