I don't think there's much need for background on this one. You all know what Lego is and what adult fans of Lego are like, and on the off chance you don't, here's a previous post about it. Anyway, back in the 1990's, Lego decided that they were going to start sponsoring artists by providing Lego pieces as art materials. This way, the popular hobby of building custom Lego sets can become a part of the art world. There's no way that could backfire, right?
In 1996, the Lego Company donated a large quantity of bricks to the Center for Contemporary Arts in Warsaw. A number of artists used these bricks for their upcoming pieces, including the controversial Polish artist Zbigniew Libera. Libera apparently tried to show Lego his plans for his art pieces, but was ignored by company representatives. After all, what could he build that Lego wouldn't like?
Well, a Nazi concentration camp, for starters.
This was only one of Libera's works, which included 7 sets in total, each set in a WWII concentration camp. Each one was packaged in a box just like those used by Lego themselves, so portrayals of human experimentation featured "Ages 5-10" and safety warnings in multiple languages. Most importantly, each set featured a disclaimer: "This work of Zbigniew Libera has been sponsored by Lego".
For obvious reasons, Lego wasn't happy that Libera had made a series of Lego Holocaust sets. They were even more upset about the fact that he claimed to be sponsored by the Lego Company. They tried to convince him to take down the exhibit, and considered a lawsuit until they decided it would only lead to greater publicity.
Art critics were divided; some praised the sets as brilliant, while others accused Libera of trivializing the Holocaust. According to Libera, the sets were meant to contrast the happy world of Lego with the horrors of the real world, and make the viewer think about the ingenuity and cold rationality of the Holocaust:
>*The thought that led me to making this piece was related to rationality which is the foundation of the Lego bricks system, in a petrifying way: one can't build anything out of these bricks that isn't... keep reading on reddit ➡
Title says it. I am not going to link this to any events anywhere else in the world or GME in general.
I am working in the field of law in Germany and used to study and work near/in Frankfurt, Germany - the financial capital of Germany. After seeing all the posts about offices lit up around the world, I was very suspicious - I hardly believe anything before I check it myself.
So I hit up my closest friends from my studies because I know that one of their partners is still working in the financial sector to see what's up.
Her fiance worked in Investment Banking (high up, not some intern) for Credit Suisse in Frankfurt. He switched over to another Top 100 AUM US-Investment firm, which I would not like to disclose publicly for obvious reasons (but can confirm to mods if needed), about 1 1/2 years ago.
She told me that BOTH companies (their mutual friends still work at CS) have all of their staff working from home full-time since November. No exceptions for any position that's worth noting.
This weekend, he worked full-time in the office. She did not know for what reason, she said that rarely happened before covid (only one time she can recall) and did not happen since November. In fact he did not work from the office since November for a single day. But this time he got called in late and was told to show up ASAP for a meeting. Not online, but in the office.
I can confirm this to the mods if needed. Be suspicious, don't believe me. I am a guy on the internet liking a stock.
Since one Ape asked about the US-company: it has not been mentioned on this sub before. In fact, I did not know the company at all. They are high up in the Top 100 AUM worldwide, with big triple billion figures AUM.
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