Desk Murder by RB Kitaj

Interior of office with table, desk and three chairs.


Oil on canvas
76.2 x 121.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £185,000)
Acquired in:
Marlborough Fine Art

Subject deals with the legacy of the Holocaust and the banality of evil unleased by faceless bureaucrats. The final title was chosen 14 years after the artist began the painting when he read the obituary of Walter Rauff, 'Schreibtischtaeter' ('desk-murderer'), an SS officer who designed mobile gas vans used before concerntration camps became operational. The fragment of canvas attached to the centre of the work depicts a fume-emitting contraption representing the latter.


The artist.

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 303 1966

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass

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