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Michael Rakowitz

Whitechapel Gallery, London

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In his sculptures and installations, Michael Rakowitz reimagines and creates monuments to destroyed buildings, lost artefacts and forgotten histories. In the Iraqi-American artist’s first UK museum survey, an inflatable tower memorialises a razed Missouri high-rise (Dull Roar, 2005); stone books, carved from ruined Buddhas, appear in homage to libraries bombed in Germany during the Second World War, and hours of audiotapes documenting the last days of the Beatles address the breakdown of political negotiations in the Middle East. Find out more from the Whitechapel Gallery’s website.

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The invisible enemy should not exist (Northwest palace of Nimrud, Room N) (2018), Michael Rakowitz.

The invisible enemy should not exist (Northwest palace of Nimrud, Room N) (2018), Michael Rakowitz. Robert Chase Heishman; courtesy the artist

What Dust Will Rise? (2012), Michael Rakowitz.

What Dust Will Rise? (2012), Michael Rakowitz. Courtesy the artist

Dull Roar (2005), Michael Rakowitz.

Dull Roar (2005), Michael Rakowitz. Courtesy the artist

The Visionaries (2006), Michael Rakowitz.

The Visionaries (2006), Michael Rakowitz. Courtesy the artist

The Breakup (2010–ongoing), Michael Rakowitz.

The Breakup (2010–ongoing), Michael Rakowitz. Courtesy the artist

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