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Tank Man

  • sculpture
  • Fernando Sánchez Castillo
  • China (Land)
  • 2019

In the spring of 1989, hundreds of thousands of young Chinese protested for democracy, political transparency, civil rights and an end to corruption. On 3/4 June, the Chinese army killed thousands of them – the precise figure has never been published. On 5 June, an entire column of tanks stopped on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in front of a young man, who refused to give way. Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s personification of the “Tank Man” is a memorial to him. Several versions of this exist. For example, Castillo had thousands of copies of a small plastic version produced in a Chinese toy factory.

Detailed information

Object type
Fernando Sánchez Castillo
Place of origin
China (Land)
Inventory number
9 x 4,2 x 2,5 cm
Exhibition Format
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
H01 Highlights / MG Media Guide / MG Tour 04 Humboldt Lab / HU01 After Nature / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 03 Research Objects
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