Anri Sala

Read about Sala's intertwining of history, architecture and music for his work, Ravel Ravel Unravel

By Christopher Mooney

Anri Sala, Unravel, 2013 (still)  © the artist, courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Anri Sala, Ravel Ravel, 2013, HD video projection on two screens © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris German Pavilion, photo: © Martin Weigert French Pavilion, photo: © Philippe Zimmerman/Institut Français;

Franco-German enmity is Europe’s deepest wound, a seemingly unstaunchable source of blood and bile that, just in the last century, twice gushed its poison across the world. Then, suddenly, it dried up – officially at least – when, on 22 January 1963, on a tabletop in a ballroom in a palace in Paris, French president Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, signed the Deutsch-französische Freundschaftsvertrag, also known as the Traité de l’Élysée or, to those across the Channel…

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