He operated under the extreme political conditions of the 20th century: as a prisoner at Buchenwald concentration camp, as a modernist working within a Stalinist East German state, and as an assimilated nonconformist in the GDR. His best known works include the Rundfunkhaus on Berlin’s Nalepastraße, the 602 furniture series for the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, and the entrance gate of Buchenwald. What can we learn from Ehrlich? Above all, that any designer who wants to change society cannot just deal in surfaces, objects, and spaces, but must intervene in structures, change organizational forms, and advance new decision-making patterns.
June 8–July 29, 2018
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ
Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6, Berlin
He created the lettering “To each his the Seine” at the gate of the Buchenwald concentration camp. But the architect and designer Franz Ehrlich (1907-84) was more than that: Bauhaus student and temporary staff in the office of Walter Gropius, because of his proximity to Communist prisoner and part of the “building office” of the Buchenwald concentration camp, later modernist in Stalinism and Nonconformist in the GDR. Among his most famous works are – in addition to every lettering in Buchenwald Concentration Camp – the Broadcasting House on Nalepastrasse in Berlin and the furniture typeface 602 of Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau.
The DAZ (German Architecture Center, Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6, 10179 Berlin) now shows “ehrlichmonument”, an installation by Friedrich von Borries, Jens-Uwe Fischer and Frieder Bohaumilitzky. This special examination of Ehrlich’s life and work was the result of a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and carried out at the HFBK Hamburg “Franz Ehrlich. Biography and Catalog of Works “. The opening of “ehrlichmonument” will be celebrated on June 7th at 7pm, after which the installation will be open until July 29th. The supporting program includes a festival and an excursion. (kb, 7.6.18)
EXCURSION TO BERLIN-BUCH
Visit of the Franz-Volhard-Clinic planned by Ehrlich on the grounds of the sanatoriums in Berlin-Buch with conservationists Dieter Leukert as well as Friedrich von Borries and Jens-Uwe Fischer. The tour starts at 2 pm with an introduction to the ehrlichmonument at DAZ, then we go by bus to Berlin-Buch and back.The ehrlichmonument was created as part of the research project “Franz Ehrlich. Biography and catalog raisonné” (BO 3335/9-1), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and carried out at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (HFBK). exhibitions graphicg: Ingo Offermanns and Claudia Koch.