Survival Series: Men don’t protect…

Jenny Holzer1989

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain

In her Survival Series, begun in 1983, Holzer questions in a rather urgent tone the ways individuals respond to their political, social, physical, and psychological environment—she even informs and educates about them. Originally written for electronic signs, the messages soon moved to other media like this granite bench, where the artist wrote “MEN DON’T PROTECT YOU ANYMORE”, a phrase with many possible interpretations.


  • Title: Survival Series: Men don’t protect…
  • Creator: Jenny Holzer
  • Date Created: 1989
  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: 43.2 x 106.7 x 45.7 cm
  • Type: Installation
  • Medium: Indian Red granite bench
  • Artwork's location in the Museum: Room 303

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