A few days ago, the municipality of Sanary-sur-Mer in the south of France made a contribution to the memorial for the Mann family with the lamp or candelabra, as historical lamps are often called. In autumn 2020, I visited the former emigration site of the Mann family.
The candelabra came well packed from the Fonderie de Roquevaire, which had restored it, and was received at the Bauhof in Munich, measured – and labelled. As a small side effect, the letters in my name got mixed up and I became a „Cors(ican)“.
On 3.9.2021 Albert Coers will give a lecture on the memorial for the Mann family, at the online conference „Vor Ort: Erinnerung, Exil, Migration“, annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung in cooperation with the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, 3.–4.9.2021.
The annual conference 2021 deals with places of exile and migration and their relation to cultures of memory and stimulates exchange between exile research and other research fields dealing with (forced) migration and flight.
More information, program and registration here.
On 21. 3.2021 there was as a broadcast on Bayern 2 in the Kulturjournal the radio feature „Schöner Schilderwald [Beautiful sign forest]. The artist Albert Coers and his Munich monument to the Mann family“ by journalist Astrid Mayerle, based on an extensive interview. Listen to it here.
A journey at the end of September, which I make despite Corona concerns: I arrive by train from Marseille around midnight. The station, built for the towns of Ollioules and Sanary-sur-Mer together, is deserted but brightly lit – which puts me in the mood for the theme of the lights. On the temple-like façade, which heralds the grandeur of the small towns on the Côte d’Azur, the names are written in large letters. So I have it in black and white that I am in the right place. The place where many German-speaking emigrants met in the 1930s, including the Manns.
On 10.4.2019, the plenary assembly of the Munich City Council decided to realize the design of Albert Coers. Coers’ concept, which has won an invited art competition of the cultural department, bears the title „Straßen Namen Leuchten“ [Streets names lights].
Previously, on 28 March 2019, the City Council’s Culture Committee had unanimously decided to follow the jury’s proposal and award the contract for a „Memorial to the Mann Family“ at Salvatorplatz to the artist, who lives in Berlin and Munich .