Marco Nereo Rotelli

Poetic Bunker at the Venice Biennale in 2001, Light Bunker at the Living Theatre in New York in 2006, Anatomic Bunker today at the Nicelli airport at Venice Lido. The idea of the bunker springs from the desire to propose, through the metaphor of war, a reflection on man, on his need for identity and on the constrictions of freedom. The last dream of Eva Braun is an installation dedicated to the human face of every being: to the last words of Eva Braun in the Füehrerbunker, to the looks, the gestures, the words of an extreme love. Poetry, as Pasternak wrote, joins those who are apart. In this inner life, distance no longer exists. Words are things, things are words, the real is unreal, the unreal is the universe of everyday life.By playing on words like limit, the bunker itself becomes a sculpture of life, an extreme “housing unit”.

Aus dem stillen Raume,
Aus der Erde Grund
Hebt mich wie im Traume
Dein verliebter Mund
Wenn sich die späten Nebel drehn
Werd’ ich bei der Laterne steh’n
Wie einst Lili Marleen,
Wie einst Lili Marleen

Da luoghi silenziosi
dal profondo della terra
si alza come in un sogno la tua bocca
quando le tarde nebbie svaniranno
io sarò di nuovo vicino al lampione
come una volta Lili Marleen
come una volta Lili Marleen

From my quiet existence,
And from this earthly pale,
Like a dream you free me,
With your lips so hale.
When the night mists swirl and churn,
Then to that lantern I’ll return,
As once Lili Marleen
As once Lili Marleen


from “Lili Marleen”

"Lili Marleen" is a famous pacifist song taken from a poem written in 1915 by a German soldier.