2002-2004 Dierk Schmidt developed a group of works on the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace, which was mainly driven by conservative and West German side.
Berliner Schlossgeister #2 consists of a scaffolding and a tarpaulin. This construction refers to the beginnings of the rebuilding idea shortly after the end of the GDR: Already in 1993, a life-size model of the palace facade was placed in the center of Berlin. To raise money for the project, the painted tarp of the simulation was cut up and the individual pieces were sold. Schmidt acquired some of these sheets and painted over them with mask-like portraits of proponents of the reconstruction of pre-war Berlin. Schmidt also threw a red paint bomb into this assembly of heads, in whose abstract splashes the painterly gesture of resistance against this historical revision is condensed. Both "Ich weiß...was du nicht weißt..." and Berliner Schlossgeister reveal references to the history of painting in the 19th century - especially to works by Édouard Manet and Adolph Menzel - which is closely linked to the question of realism and thus the relationship of painterly representation to reality.