Demolished Monument

Demolished Monument is a proposal for restoring the demolition of the monument to General Prim in Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella.

Nonument, MACBA, Barcelona, 2014
Curators: Josep Bohigas & Bartomeu Marí.
A production of MACBA, Barcelona.

Model and digital print.

In 1871 the government of the Paris Commune – the first autonomous insurrection of the proletariat according to Marx – demolished the Vendome Column in a highly symbolic act of political iconoclasm. In 1936, in full revolutionary process, the Libertarian Youth tore down the monument to General Prim.

Political iconoclasm as a form of expropriation of the symbolic heritage of the oligarchy and the construction of the public space.

Model maker:
Oriol Poch

photo labels:
Pérez de Rozas, 1936. Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona
Josep Brangulí, 1936. Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya