Jens Galschiot
Sculptor
Banevaenget 22
DK-5270 Odense N
Tel.: (+45) 6618 4058
Fax: (+45) 6618 4158
E-mail:aidoh@aidoh.dk
http://www.aidoh.dk

Odense, the 4th of January 2002

Mayor
Gabrielle Albertini
Piazza della Scala 2
20121 Milano
Italy

Dear Mr. Gabrielle Albertini,

I am a sculptor from Denmark who is developing the use of sculptures in connection with direct communication in the public space.

In November 1993 I, without preceding warning, erected twenty sculptures (each weighing a ton) on some of the most central places in Europe. In connection with this the mayor of Milan, Mr. Marco Formentini, received one copy of the sculpture which is a 2,2 meters high dark human-looking sculpture, but with the head of a pig. The name of the sculpture is My Inner Beast and it is a symbolic representation of the inner demon, which in the 30s gave rise to totalitarian regimes and culminated in the nazi barbarity with millions of people as victims.

A copy of this sculpture has just been sold to municipality of Frederikssund in Denmark for the price of 34,000 EUR. As there are many precedent cases seen in history of art, this sale has changed the sculpture from being a happening sculpture into being a rather valuable piece of art.

In connection with the sale I will "take stock" about what happened to the sculpture in these various European cities, it was erected in. This information will be a part of a common report on the project. At the same time a film production company will make a TV documentary about the progress from 1993 to 2002.

Therefore I would be pleased if the Mayor office workers of Milan would organize an investigation of how the progress has been in your city. The film production company would very much like to set up a TV interview with the mayor who received the sculptor and with the municipal officials who have been involved in the course of the sculpture the last 8 years. At the same time I would highly welcome a comment from you, Mr. Gabrielle Albertini.

The sculpture was a gift to Milan and it is my sincere hope that you still make use of it. If that is not the case and it for example is stored up, I am willing to take it back and arrange the transport to Denmark.

Unfortunately the sculpture is not only relevant because of the recent sale, but also because of the fact that the intolerance, which the sculpture is representing, makes progress in all of Europe. This has contributed to the fact that it now has an even greater symbolic value and also that it has been used as a symbol by the media in Europe at large. My Inner Beast in 1993 was my first happening. Since then I have organized many other, also global, art manifestations as the Pillar of Shame, an 8 meters high sculpture that until now has been erected in Hong Kong, Mexico and Brazil. Therefore comprehensive media coverage can be expected due to the fact that My Inner Beast has now been sold for a small fortune. A major debate has already begun in Denmark.

I also send you some attachments describing the progress as we have registered in connection with the erection in Milan and some TV documentaries on My Inner Beast in 1994. In addition, the video contains a presentation of some of my other projects.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate writing in Italian. I understand it without difficulties.

Yours sincerely,

Jens Galshiot

List of attachments:
- The video: "The Beast, The Death and The Shame"
- Relevant letters and articles etc., which describe the progress in Milan.
- The document: "My Inner Beast"
- Curriculum Vitae


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  • Happenings and Projects to the  version of this document  
  • My Inner Beast - A Happening in Europe to the  version of this document  
  • art_and_events/mibis/Milano/2002/ItMi2002c.html

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    MIB-IS in Milan 2002.03.08: To the Mayor of Milan asking for response on previous letter to the English version of this document  
    Additional Information:
    Categories: MIB-IS in Milan | 2002: MIB - Intelligence Service
    Themes: Racism
    Sculptures: My inner Beast - concrete
    Type: Letters from us
    Dates: 1993 | 1994 | 2002 | 4th February 2002 | 21st May 2005
    Locations: Esperanto Garden of Giovanni Conti, Cormano (Milano), Italy | Milan, Italy | municipal magazine Gregorovius, Milan, Italy | Piazza Argentina, Milan, Italy
    Co-operators and Helpers: Adriano Ciccioni | Andreas Dybkjśr | Daniela Benelli, Arts Councillor of the Provincial Government of Milan, 2005 | Ernesto Nobili | Gianfranco Polerani, Milana Esperanta Klubo | Giovanni Conti, Esperanto Garden in Cormano | Niller Madsen | Pierantonio Bertť, President of Triennale di Milano | Roberto Cornelli, Mayor of Cormano (Milano), 2005
    Related Persons and Entities: City Hall of Milan | Mayor of Milan (1993) Marco Formentini | Mayor of Milan (2002) Gabrielle Albertini | Salvatore Carruba, Councillor of Arts, Municipality of Milan | Ufficio Sequestri Comune di Milano