In 2009, to honor Max von Oppenheim’s work and legacy, the Hamburg based company Montblanc® issued a limited-edition pen under its “Patrons of Art” label. The edition consisted of 4,810 pens with 18k gold and 925 sterling silver with “engraved Bedouin motifs paying homage to Oppenheim’s passion for the tribes of the Arab world”. Tabet used one of these pens to write “KOPF HOCH! MUT HOCH! UND HUMOR HOCH!” on a large linen banner.
The sentence can be translated as “CHIN UP! GOOD LUCK! AND KEEP SMILING!”, which was Von Oppenheim’s motto and advice to whomever will be in charge of putting together the shattered artifacts from Tell Halaf—emphasizing his unbroken optimism despite seeing his life’s work being destroyed.
Classificationinstallations (visual works)
Medium NotesInk on linen, Montblanc® limited edition pen and packaging