Anything Goes?

Urban planning and construction in Berlin of the 1980s

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Project description

The Berlinische Galerie is developing a new exhibition that highlights the architecture and urban development of East and West Germany in the 1980s based on the example of Berlin. One can find a unique ensemble of architectural styles from that time in close proximity to the Berlinische Galerie. The buildings of this period heralded the end of a clearly defined architectural style with its respective political ideology of the Cold War era. At that time, architects around the world were experimenting with new forms of inner-city residential construction or returning to site-specific building traditions. And Berlin – on both sides of the Wall – was no exception. The exhibition aims to critically re-evaluate the parallel developments against the backdrop of emerging geopolitical realignment. It examines the commonalities and differences in planning strategies in both the east and west halves of Berlin, as well as their international models. Taking the relevant debates into account, the exhibition sheds light on architectural criticism and history, and what role both can and should play in contemporary construction practices. Never-before shown historical materials and contemporary photography will offer further insights into the heated debate on what to do with this now endangered building legacy – a topic that will be discussed in detail at an international symposium. The multimedia exhibition will feature approximately 400 works by some 30 architects, urban planning offices, photographers and filmmakers. These will be supplemented by an extensive documentary catalogue, an app and a comprehensive educational project, as well as tours and discussions with experts and local residents.

Artistic director: Ursula Müller
Architects: Raimund Johann Abraham, Dieter Bankert, Peter Eismann, Heinz Graffunder, Zaha Hadid, Hardt-Waltherr Hämer, Rob Krier, Daniel Libeskind, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Günter Stahn


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Previous events

  • 29 January, 2021 to 16 August, 2021: Ausstellung

    Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur , Berlin

  • 29 January, 2021 to 16 August, 2021: Exhibition

    Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur , Berlin


Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin (external link, opens in a new window)