Excess in Priapo, 2004/2005

Side specific for the Lenbachhaus and the Koenigsplatz, Munich.

The handwritten phrase Excess in Priapo is taken from the early diaries ot the Munich born German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) whose books were among the first to be burnt by the Nazis in the 1930s on the Koenigsplatz in Munich. Eventually Feuchtwanger had to flee Nazi Germany and went into exile to Los Angeles in 1939. In the early diaries from his time in Munich (1908-1923) Feuchtwanger often used the Latin phrase “Excess in Priapo”, vaguely referring to sexual activities or fulsome machismo.

His original handwriting, executed in flashy neon and attached to places of intensified public viewing like the Museum Lenbachhaus in Munich, delivers the privacy of a diary note, thus referring to these walls as a crucial historical public space of confrontation where language and content oscillate between the encoded and the overt possibilities of interpretation and understanding.