Radically Modern. Planning and Construction in 1960s Berlin

Berlinische Galerie. Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
From 29 May to 26 October 2015

Dieter Urbach, Marx Engels Platz, a view from south-west, photomontage, 1972 © Dieter Urbach/ Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Kai-Annett Becker

Architecture and urban design from the 1960s still set their stamp on the Berlin cityscape. Many key planning decisions were made during the 60s and some striking buildings were constructed in that period. The Berlinische Galerie will present the first ever comprehensive overview of this architectural heritage in both East and West Berlin. Historical documents, some familiar and others of more recent origin, illustrate political, social, and technical visions for developing a city that suffered severe destruction in previous decades and was then divided by the Wall. Alongside themes such as the objectives, common denominators, and distinguishing factors that define a selection of these developments, such as Stalinallee, Alexanderplatz, Breitscheidplatz, and Märkisches Viertel, the exhibition explores features of these architectural designs that reveal international networking between those involved or illustrates how knowledge of international trends was reflected in concrete designs. About 300 works by some 30 architects, planning partnerships, photographers, and artists will be on display. Among the architects there are: Paul Baumgarten, Werner Düttmann, Heinz Graffunder, Walter Gropius, Hermann Henselmann, Georg Heinrichs, Josef Kaiser, Gerhard Kosel, Mies van der Rohe.

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