Florian Haas

* 1961 in Freiburg im Breisgau, GER
lives in Frankfurt am Main

High-rises shape the face of Frankfurt and are also an important symbol of the city’s identity. The banking district, with its striking tower skyline, which locals term lovingly or derogatorily “Mainhattan” represents one of two things, depending on your own attitude: the city’s prosperity and future outlook, or the conscious destruction of an entire district in favor of investors’ unbridled thirst for profits. During the recent banking crises it was the Frankfurt high-rises that tended to be used by TV stations as the image symbolizing the opaque and in part criminal banking industry.

In the form of a huge wallpaper image, Florian Haas has created a contemporary history painting for the exhibition – composed of a view of the city of Frankfurt and a series of political and social allusions. He has reconstructed well-known high-rises from bones and skulls, and the buildings are populated by cripples, skeletons and curious creatures. They demonstrate, among other things against finance capital and the surveillance society, or try their hand as acrobats or gardeners at worshipping or growing money. In the guise of Uncle Sam, Haas refers to the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). The latter is said to have monitored German Internet traffic primarily from a base in Frankfurt.

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Frankfurter Totentanz, 2015
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Courtesy the artist