“200 people for 200 years - WUPPERTAL CITIZENS and perhaps even the THINKERS and MAKERS of tomorrow.”
INSIDE OUT ENGELS ACTION
SEPTEMBER 2021 | 200 PORTRAITS
Who would Friedrich Engels be today? What role would he play today? What would he be involved in today? What can we learn from Engels that we can use today for a better tomorrow?
The Engels Year offers the chance to rediscover the world-famous Wuppertal native and also to transform him into the present day. Engels' numerous scientific treatises and his dialectical method could still enrich many a discussion about future issues today. The fact that he was an extremely practical person who liked to take action could also inspire us today.
For the reopening of the Engels House on 11 November 2021, as part of the Engels Year, on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Friedrich Engels, a huge mosaic of 200 black and white portraits is to be created on the front façade of the Engels House. In the foreground of these 200 portraits floats a large transparent Engels head - the juxtaposition of yesterday and today for a tomorrow.
The transformation of the person Friedrich Engels and his messages into today, away from facts, figures and historical background. Engels packaged in a contemporary form, made publicly visible as well as brought into public discussion and communicated in a new, participatory way.
As a result, I would like to quote Axel Druckrey, one of the participants: "You don't have to share all of Friedrich Engels' views, but you can't get around his critical and analytical mind. Even today, he would probably translate the consequences of his analyses into political action. It would be a sign of his basic humanistic attitude, which we should all follow".