Iron sculpture

Micha Ullman


Several works by Micha Ullman can be found in public spaces in Berlin. The most well-known of these is the sunken library on Bebelplatz that recalls the book burning carried out by the Nazis. "Nobody" was produced in 1989/90 and was originally exhibited in the parking lot of the Martin-Gropius-Bau and thus adjacent to the "no man's land" of the Berlin Wall.

"Ullman has built a dwelling for those who once inhabited this no man's land. The steel cube displays the negative relief of a stool. There is a bed and a table. And there is a washing basin that establishes a connection with the external space. The water that collects in it reflects the sky, an element that plays a central role in many of his works." (From the catalogue for the exhibition "How German is it? 30 Artists' Notion of Home")

Today "Nobody" stands opposite the museum. With its relocation to new surroundings in Lindenstrasse, its historical references changed.

Micha Ullman was born in 1939 in Tel Aviv. Until 2005 he was a professor of sculpture at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart.