weighing scales, marble heart and brain, museum glass, oak
H 70 × W 100 × D 48 cm
edition of 3 + 1 AP
A human heart and brain, hand-carved from marble, sit in perfect balance on a set of vintage weighing scales. In ‘Sehnsucht’ (yearning) logic, emotion and memory merge, illustrating the need for balance between the ‘head’ and the ‘heart’.
This piece was created for the typisch deutsch? (typical German?) solo exhibition at the MAKK in Cologne, where Sachs aims to reappraise cultural labels, to question stereotypes and open a discourse on German identity in the twenty-first century. Viewers are asked to contemplate German archetypes and clichés from a different perspective, questioning the very essence of what it means to be typisch deutsch.