Reichstagsfiale

In his continuous examination of the flag as a subject, as screen for and bearer of identity and ideology, the Reichstag’s pinnacle symbolizes the change on a national level.

The Reichstag survived the fire of 1933 which the National Socialists used as a pretence for their brutal persecution of their political adversaries, as well as the bombing of Berlin in 1945. Today still, Jewgeni Chaldej’s photo of Soviet soldiers waving the red flag on the depicted pinnacle is a symbol for the end of World War II. Built in 1894, the Reichstag was an object of identification in the German Empire, in the Weimar Republic, in National Socialism, communism and capitalism.

The cropped pinnacle without the flag bearer, raises questions of the national profile in a contemporary context.