MUNICH — (MunichNOW Arts & Culture) — Through of May 2018, two LOVE HATE welded metal sculptures are on display at one of the most prominent spots in the cityscape, the Siegestor. The sculptures, by Mia Florentine Weiss, with their red-orange
rusted surfaces are in marked contrast with the aged stone of the looming Victory Gate.
The ambigram sculptures can be read by one side as LOVE, the other as HATE. They fit in perfectly with the program of the Faust Festival Munich, which at the same time draws its way through the state capital as an artistic leitmotif.
LOVE HATE not only stands for the multi-layered ambivalence of this most humane of sentiments in Goethe’s most famous drama, but also gains new meaning in the 100th year of the end of the World War I as a worldwide symbol of peace in Germany, transforming hatred of the world into love.
The location of the two LOVE HATE sculptures to the north and south of the Victory Gate could hardly be more ideal – the inscription tells: THE VICTORY IS WONDERED, DESTROYED FROM WAR, TO MAKE PEACE.
About Mia Florentine Weiss
Mia Florentine Weiss, born 1980 in Würzburg, is a German performance and conceptual artist working in the field of tension between object art and multimedia.
The substantive examination of individual shelters and their antithesis as well as the question “What is your place of protection?” consistently informs her work. Often she confronts her works with the extremes of human feelings.
Weiss goes beyond borders, always looking for unity and contradiction of human longings, what she symbolizes through the Coincidence of opposites (Coincidentia Oppositorum).
Next to the LOVE HATE sculpture this ambivalence is also virulant in the neon-sculpture NOW WON, a temporary installation in front of the Berlin Reichstag, which is now shown in the Permanent exhibition of URBAN NATION – MUSEUM OF URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART BERLIN.