The Heart of Adolf Hitler
Glass jar, Ethanol, Heart, 2020, 25 x 15 x 15 cm
Displaying objects and artefacts attributed to historical figures is a common practice in museums and institutions around the world. From the wooden staff of Moses that's allegedly at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul to the brain of Albert Einstein on view at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, it's part of a particular kind of celebrity culture that sees the importance of presented objects determined by the cultural significance of the person they belonged to. They become objects of desire and can bring a level of prestige to institutions that own them. ‘The Heart of Adolf Hitler’ declares itself to be the actual, preserved heart of Adolf Hitler to explore the role museums play in society as purveyors of Truth while touching on notions of cult, commemoration and bad taste.