By Tanja Schult (auth.)
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Because the focus of this study lies on the formal aspects, other factors such as the brief history, the artists’ biographies or their artistic characteristics will only be taken into account when necessary to explain the artwork’s appearance, its setting or when the biography contributes to deepen the work’s interpretation. If these aspects were not decisive for the analyses but nevertheless interesting in our context, such as an artist’s background, or were important for further research on this field, they are included in the catalog that appears at the end of the study.
In 1991, a Swedish–Russian Working Group was established to investigate Wallenberg’s fate. The results of the investigation were published after nine years of intense research. 11 Apparently, Wallenberg was suspected of espionage on behalf of Germany and/or the US. It became also obvious that there had been Soviet interest in exchanging Wallenberg for Soviet citizens captured in Sweden. The Soviet plans failed because of Swedish ignorance and reluctance. indd 39 12/13/2011 12:11:39 PM 40 A Hero’s Many Faces may have contributed to Wallenberg’s continued imprisonment and ultimate fate.
72 For those who have not had the chance to see the monuments themselves, the art historian, who was at the site, tries to replicate the visit to the site, aiming to grasp the first effect the work produces as well as giving an extensive analysis of the work’s meaning. The hermeneutic approach intends to open up the work’s “hidden” secret and beauty. The aim of the description is not to destroy the work’s aura. 73 However, the gap between the work and its written interpretation remains a general problem.
A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments by Tanja Schult (auth.)