About the project

Die Familie Schneider
Gregor Schneider
October 2004

In his first major project in the UK, German artist Gregor Schneider constructed a remarkable new work, bringing his long-standing interest in repression, reproduction and repetition to a very ordinary street in London's East End.

Die Familie Schneider took place in neighbouring, identical houses - 14 and 16 Walden Street. The houses were open by appointment only and visitors - always two at a time - collected the front door keys from a small office on the same street. One visitor entered 14 Walden Street alone, whilst the other entered the neighbouring house. After a period of ten minutes, the visitors emerged, exchanged keys and entered the second house. At no time was there ever more than one visitor in each house.

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