Hans Haacke wins fight with City of Munich

LONDON. The German artist Hans Haacke has won his legal battle with the City of Munich over compensation for the loss of his work Raise the Flag, 1991. A Munich court ruled that Haacke be awarded E11,500 in damages for the disappearance of the piece consisting of three flags, two of them bearing the names of over 20 German companies which the artist says had contributed to Saddam Hussein’s weapons programme. The work was shown in a 1991 exhibition. In 2006 Haacke asked for the flags to be returned for a retrospective in Hamburg but the work could not be found. City officials argued that they owned the piece as they had paid for its production. G.H.

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