Besitzarbeit IX: Verkündigung, 2003, installation view at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, May 2003

The second art historical reference in the Besitzarbeiten series was made with the new possessions and car

of the artist purchased after his entire belongings had been sold to a private collector. The resulting Annunciation takes its orientation from pictorial compositions of this theme typical of the baroque: An angel enters from above left, the Virgin Mary is taken aback, the Holy Spirit, portrayed as a dove, hovers above. A lily in the center of the composition represents Mary’s immaculateness, the car door opens to a space behind the scene like a door or window with a view to the Garden of Eden.