On April 30, PAM 2018 commences at the Munich Olympic Stadium with Swiss performance artist Massimo Furlan’s re-enactment of the legendary 1974 football match between East and West Germany that ended with a score 1:0. The game will be performed by only two participants, one as Sepp Maier and one as Jürgen Sparwasser. Two original radio commentaries will accompany the match, returning football—this time as art—to the Olympic arena.
The opening day also features Warsaw-based architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska’s installation of a levitating ceiling entitled Gold for Natascha, Silver for Timofei. The exiled Russian hermit Timofei and his wife Natascha—both refugees in Munich after WWII—illegally constructed a joint Eastern Orthodox/Catholic church on the grounds of the future Olympic park. According to legend, it inspired the construction of the stadium’s floating roof and changed its top-down planning.