Berlin underground. Alfred Grenander, the subway and the Culture of a Metropolis


Whoever uses the underground today in Berlin is sure to encounter the work of the Swedish architect Alfred Grenander (1863-1931). Rosenthaler Platz, Nollendorfplatz and Ruhleben are three examples of over 80 underground and suburban train stations in Berlin designed by Grenander between 1902 and 1930. This exhibition at the German Museum of Technology, various Berlin metro stations and the Swedish embassy not only opened a practically unknown chapter of Berlin's architectural history, but also represented a contribution to the cultural history of mobility in the classical era of modernity. It aimed to reach a broad audience and convey how the underground shaped and influenced the city dwellers' perception and experiences during the first thirty years of the 20th century. The exhibition project was supplemented by additional events featuring current urban studies research.

Exhibition curators: Aris Fioretos, Alfred Gottwaldt, Anja Steinhorst
Film series curator: Hanns Zischler
Symposium coordinators: Aris Fioretos and Christoph Brachmann
German Museum of Technology, Berlin , metro stations, Swedish embassy, 14 Nov. 2006 - 30 Apr. 2007, Stockholm Museum of Architecture in summer 2007


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