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Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Material: Towels, soap, nails

some photos by Becker Schmitz

These abstract compositions installed in Haus der Kunst, Munich, are made by attaching wet bars of soap to towels and leaving them to dry. Once dry they naturally cling to the fibers of the towels. Each brand of soap has a very different smell and the combined stench is overpowering.

The Museum initially designed in the 1930's was formerly called Haus der Deutschen Kunst and was described by Hitler as "the first beautiful building of the new Reich". The inaugural exhibition was the Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung ("Great German art exhibition"), which was intended as an edifying contrast to the condemned modern art on display at the concurrent "Entartete Kunst" ("Degenerate Art") exhibition.

During the 20th century, there were various alleged instances of soap being made from human body fat. During World War II it was believed that soap was being mass-produced from the bodies of the victims of Nazi concentration camps located in German-occupied Poland.