BATUZ IN CHEMNITZ
I first met Batuz fourteen years ago – in Altzella of Saxony, Germany. Michael Morgner introduced me to this artist and founder of the Societe Imaginaire.
Like no other, Batuz embodies this imaginary society, whose goal of crossing frontiers and building bridges between worlds brings together people of different nationalities, professions and schools of thought.
With his impressive enthusiasm, Batuz stands for a new way of thinking – as does his art.
In 2003, once again, it was Morgner who told me about a chance to offer Batuz, this cosmopolitan, with his artistic works and extensive collection of art and documents, as well as the activities of the Societe Imaginaire, a domain in Chemnitz.
The works of Batuz are also represented in numerous museums across the globe - including many museums in Germany as well.
In 1984, the art department of the Senate of Berlin commissioned a large-scale work for the Ernst-Reuter Square in Berlin. The idea was to create a kind of anti-Berlin Wall. Batuz made a model, which was itself 4 by 8 meters in size. Made from plants, it was designed to contrast with the dead concrete of the wall.
When the Wall finally fell in 1989, it did not solely make the dreams of the Germans come true, but also paved the way for a free Europe without borders separating its people.
However, walls such as these are still being built in the world, people are still being separated and graves continue to be dug.
Batuz’s work in Chemnitz refers back to the Berlin Wall model he designed in1984. It will remind us that above all, the division of Germany should be a monument that reminds us to tear down walls, and open borders.
My thanks to all of you who have helped.