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Thomas Schütte builds a home for terrorists in the Tyrol

Polish art dealer Rafael Jablonka commissions work for his property in Austria—but doesn't plan on moving in

All mod cons: Thomas Schütte's Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Holiday Home for Terrorists)

The quaint Tyrolean town of Mösern in western Austria, about 30km from Innsbruck, is the unlikely (and unsuspecting) new home of Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Holiday Home for Terrorists), a house built by the German artist Thomas Schütte.

The building, which is based on the artist’s 2006-07 architectural model, was commissioned by the Cologne-based, Polish art dealer Rafael Jablonka of Jablonka Galerie.

“I saw the model at an exhibition in Bonn in 2010 and thought it would be perfect for my property in Austria, where my wife and I have a holiday home,” says Jablonka.

The title of the work derives from the 9/11 attacks in New York: “Schütte was disgusted by the speed at which architectural plans were drawn up ­immediately after the attacks. He thought this was embarrassing. But the work is mainly a criticism of Modern architecture.”

The work is weatherproof and has all the trappings that make a home liveable: working plumbing, a fireplace and a bathroom. But the gallery owner has no intention of moving in. “It’s a work of art, and we already have a holiday home.” The work is not publicly accessible.

Inside Thomas Schütte's Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Holiday Home for Terrorists)
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