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Memories of a Monument: The Competition for a Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner, London 1953 — a Discussion of the Powers of Sculpture that Never Existed

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This paper tries to shed a new light on the largest and most important single sculptural event in this century. Hitherto unpublished material makes it possible to draw a picture of this history without relying solely on rumours and conjectures, thus making it possible to concentrate on the question of artistic value.

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  • Central Committee
  • British Council
  • Political Prisoner
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Barr Archive

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  1. Herbert Read, “Foreword”, in: International Sculpture Competition — The Unknown Political Prisoner, Tate Gallery, London 1953.

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  2. George Dondero in a speech before the American Congress on 16 August 1949, published in The Congressional Record, 1949, pp.11584–11587, and quoted from Charles Harrison & Paul Wood, eds., Art in Theory, Oxford 1992, p.657.

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  3. John J. McCloy at the Ambassador’s conference, Frankfurt, 5–8 February 1951 (item 7, Coordination of Psychological Warfare Programs), quoted from Kai Bird, The Chairman: John J. McCloy—The Making of the American Establishment, New York 1992, p.357.

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  4. American Federation of Arts, Art Newsletter, December 1953; quoted from: Irving Sandler, “Introduction”, in: Irving Sandler and Amy Newman, eds., Defining Modern Art: Selected Writings of Alfred K Barr, Jr., New York 1986, p.37.

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  5. Reg Butler, “Script of recording made on November 25th, 1953”, British Council Archive, London. This is the manuscript for a film on Reg Butler and the Political Prisoner by the British Council (BC 206-11).

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Lapp, A. (1999). Memories of a Monument: The Competition for a Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner, London 1953 — a Discussion of the Powers of Sculpture that Never Existed. In: Reinink, W., Stumpel, J. (eds) Memory & Oblivion. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-4006-5_125

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