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Karl Marx, Chemnitz: 5 reviews and 10 photos

by Kathrin_E
  • The Marx Monument - Chemnitz
  • The Marx Monument - Chemnitz
  • The Marx Monument - Chemnitz
  • The Marx Monument - Chemnitz
  • DDR stamp 1971 - Chemnitz
      DDR stamp 1971
    by Kathrin_E

The giant head of Karl Marx is probably Chemnitz's best known attraction and perhaps the most famous monument the DDR has left us. In 1971 the sculpture was created by the Soviet sculptor Lew Kerbel. The bronze head reaches a total height of 7.10 metres. In case you are into superlatives: This thing claims to be the largest freestanding portrait bust in the world.

The head is part of a much larger ensemble which includes the building behind it, in DDR times the seat of the Districk Council (Rat des Bezirkes) and the local SED. The wall behind it bears a large relief, madee from aluminium boards, with the headline of the Communist Manifesto in four languages: "Working men of all countries, unite!"
The street and square in front of monument and building were used for parades and similar.

Amazingly enough, the Marx monument has not been removed after the end of Socialism. Not everyone in Chemnitz is happy with it. The giant Marx is often nicknamed the "Nischel" (Saxon dialect for "head"). Anyway, we can be glad that it is still there. It is a monument to a historical era now. Besides, the sculpture is not without artistic value.

Address: Brückenstraße

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  • Written Oct 5, 2011
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