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Pride, nostalgia, nationalism and racism. A nation’s flag is a powerful, yet polarizing symbol and has the ability to invoke a disparate set of sentiments.

Initiated in March 2009, the ongoing project Farbwerte – SchwarzRotGold (Color Values BlackRedGold) is concerned with questions surrounding German identity and its respective forms of public display. Therefore international designers and artists are given the task of incorporating the German flag into their artwork, using this public object as a medium to illustrate a personal story or point of view. In addition people from various areas of the society and their individual views are portrayed. Till today there have been projects and exhibitions in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tehran, Jakarta, Muscat, Athen, Skopje, Dhaka and Berlin. Since 2011 selected works that have been created for Farbwerte are for sale in limited editions.

“While other cultures set down a clear structure, ours is imperfect and self-critical. This gives us the freedom to make the best of our situation.� Roland Meyer de Voltaire, 2009

Photo: Frank Roesner/Robert Eysoldt

“Not too long ago, the German government was encouraging people to make more use of public transport or to ride bicycles. It just takes a minor crisis to reveal what is really important in German life.� Boris Hoppek, 2009 Photo by Boris Hoppek

“In 2009 a study entitled ‘Young people in Germany as the perpetrators and victims of violence’ indicates that about every seventh young person in Germany has pronounced xenophobic tendencies.” Stefanie Murphy Willett , 2009

Flag: Stefanie Murphy Willett

During the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, more than 1,000 visitors were portrayed with the German flag.

“Politics in Germany seem to be stagnant - after almost three years of economic crisis, people no longer discuss the issues.” Yvonne Paul, 2011

„Flag in Aspik“ by Yvonne Paul

“Why must the Deutsche Bank actually always be blue? ” Gerhard Bär, 2009

Plastinated Flag: Gerhard Bär

When I was a little kid, I liked to draw German castles.� Jeremy Traum, 2009

Illustration: Jeremy Traum

Farbwerte (Color Values) is an ongoing project. In cooperation with various partners, we are currently developing further actions and formats. Artists and designers who want to participate in the ongoing project, or have work that can be sold in the Farbwerte-Gallery, contact us at any time. We also look forward to companies and institutions that want to support the upcoming projects and formats. CONTACT Farbwerte Robert Eysoldt +49 174 330 44 55

„The project Farbwerte reflects skepticism and enthusiasm and the resulting variety of standpoints and opinions. The diversity of the objects, images and the respective texts cause a creative impulse necessary for reflection and discourse.“ Robert Eysoldt

Initiator and Curator of Farbwerte

Farbwerte - Color Values - Flyer 2012  

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