“The Dialogic City: Berlin Wird Berlin” at Berlinische Galerie

The exhibition reveals perspectives of dialogic behavior in the city in seven chapters. Going beyond the rudiments of participation, possibilities for combining seemingly irreconcilable differences are sketched from various points of view. The first issue of Dialogic City is dedicated to Berlin, where these antagonisms are more extreme than elsewhere.

 

Installation View Arno Brandlhuber, Florian Hertweck, Thomas Mayfried, The Dialogic City : Berlin wird Berlin © The Dialogic City

Installation View. Arno Brandlhuber, Florian Hertweck, Thomas Mayfried © The Dialogic City

 

The exhibition, devised by the architect Arno Brandlhuber with the designer Thomas Mayfried  and the architect Florian Hertweck;  takes its cue from a book published at the same time, The Dialogic City: Berlin wird Berlin, which addresses the dialogic potential in the city. The publication is divided into seven chapters, and these are echoed in the exhibition space together with commentary. Several thousand copies of the book are stacked along the wall, and visitors may take a copy free of charge upon request.

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“Radically Modern. Urban planning and architecture in 1960s Berlin” at Berlinische Galerie

This exhibition is the first detailed overview of the context in which this architecture emerged, examining formal aspects and underlying international influences on the architecture developed in both East and West Berlin and stimulates a reevaluation of this contentious period of construction.

 

Georg Kohlmaier, Barna von Sartory, Rollende Gehsteige am Kurfürstendamm, Repro Bildcollage, 1969, © Georg Kohlmaier/Elisabeth von Sartory/Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Markus Hawlik

Georg Kohlmaier, Barna von Sartory, Rollende Gehsteige am Kurfürstendamm, Repro Bildcollage, 1969, © Georg Kohlmaier/Elisabeth von Sartory/Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Markus Hawlik

 

Architecture and urban design from the sixties shape Berlin’s cityscape to this day. Significant urban planning decisions where taken in that decade and there arose numerous, striking architectural works, which today are at risk. Inspired by the spirit of a new beginning and technological euphoria, urban planners and architects designed radical new cityscapes for a modern society. Often unjustly criticized as inhumane or unsightly, important examples from this period of architecture have often already been torn down, disfigured by later alterations, or are threatened with demolition today.  The Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture reopens after a period of renovation with the exhibition ‘Radically Modern’. (more…)