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Symbols as Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction´s Insignia // Guided tour of the temporary exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 8 August, 15:00

Terrorist groups enforce political action by harnessing the might of the media in the same way as explosives and automatic weapons. How do graphic symbols become acts of violence? The German National Library’s German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig explores this issue in its exhibition “Symbols as Weapons”. The display is an attempt to historicise and deconstruct the group’s emblem, which comprises a star, a submachine gun, and the letters “RAF”. Today, this graphic legacy of the RAF, whose history is not infrequently perpetuated with a complete lack of discrimination, has long since become a pop icon.

The exhibition is being staged in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. It was curated by Günter Karl Bose, Felix Holler, Jaroslaw Kubiak, and Daniel Wittner.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book “Name, Waffe, Stern. Das Emblem der Roten Armee Fraktion”, published by the Institute of Book Arts, Leipzig. The authors are Felix Holler, Jaroslaw Kubiak, and Daniel Wittner.

To the exhibition

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Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, 8 August, 15:00

Venue

German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig

Meeting Place

Museumsfoyer

Duration

Approx. 1 hour

Prices

Admission: EUR 6.00 / EUR 3.00 (reduced)

Last update: 05.07.2018

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