“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer since 1900” at DAM

At the same time as the official opening of the new old town Frankfurt the exhibition “”Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer” illuminates by a walk through history the scope of the debate about (old town) reconstruction.

 

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

 

There is no other place in Frankfurt that boasts such a rich history in terms of architecture and its instrumentalization for identity and tradition as its old town. The exhibition Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town explores the events of the past 120 years.


 

Practical information

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town”
September 22, 2018 — March 10, 2019
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 


The advent of Modernism around 1900 called for a new city hall and the breakthrough of Braubachstrasse. Plans dating from the Ernst May era to counteract the disastrous conditions in this densely built-up area were implemented later by the Nazis, who referred to their measures as the “recovery of the old town.” After the area was destroyed in 1944, a heated debate about its reconstruction flared up. The 1950s saw the construction of modern structures, and in 1974 the Technical Town Hall was built, a building which would define the old town for years to come. A first reconstruction took place at the Römerberg in 1983 — at the same time as Postmodernism appeared in the form of the art gallery Schirn and the Saalgasse.

 

Dietrich Bangert, Bernd Jansen, Stefan Scholz und Axel Schultes, Schirn Kunsthalle, 1981-1986 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte, Foto: Tadeusz Dabrowski

Dietrich Bangert, Bernd Jansen, Stefan Scholz und Axel Schultes, Schirn Kunsthalle, 1981-1986 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte, Foto: Tadeusz Dabrowski

Ernst Schirmacher, Römerberg-Ostzeile, 1981-1983 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Ernst Schirmacher, Römerberg-Ostzeile, 1981-1983 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Alois Giefer und Hermann Mäckler, Wettbewerbsentwurf Römerberg Ostwand, 1951 © DAM, Alois Giefer und Hermann Mäckler

Alois Giefer und Hermann Mäckler, Wettbewerbsentwurf Römerberg Ostwand, 1951 © DAM, Alois Giefer und Hermann Mäckler

Hochbauamt Frankfurt am Main, Historisches Museum, 1970–1972 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Hochbauamt Frankfurt am Main, Historisches Museum, 1970–1972 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

 

In 2005, the decision to demolish the Technical Town Hall sparked a controversy about what should be built in its place. How this resulted in the new old town is a major theme of the exhibition. The walk through history reveals the spectrum of the frequently recurring debates about (old town) reconstruction.

 

Altstadtkern, Frankfurt am Main, Luftbild: 1936 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Altstadtkern, Frankfurt am Main, Luftbild: 1936 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Dom-Römerberg-Bereich, Blick vom Dom, Foto: 1961 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Dom-Römerberg-Bereich, Blick vom Dom, Foto: 1961 © Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Bartsch, Thürwächter und Weber, Technisches Rathaus, Ansicht von Süden, 1969 © Bauaufsicht Frankfurt am Main

Bartsch, Thürwächter und Weber, Technisches Rathaus, Ansicht von Süden, 1969 © Bauaufsicht Frankfurt am Main

KSP Engel und Zimmermann, Städtebaulicher Ideenwettbewerb Technisches Rathaus (1. Preis), Modell, 2005 © ANP Kassel

KSP Engel und Zimmermann, Städtebaulicher Ideenwettbewerb Technisches Rathaus (1. Preis), Modell, 2005 © ANP Kassel

 

To coincide with the exhibition, jovis Verlag is publishing a broad illustrated catalog entitled “Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town Building between Dom and Römer since 1900”.

 

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

"Forever New: Frankfurt's Old Town" exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully


 

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