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Verkehrskanzel am Joachimsthaler Platz
Verkehrskanzel am Joachimsthaler Platz © visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll
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100 years Werner Düttmann - The great anniversary project

Werner Düttman. Berlin.Bau.Werk.

The Berlin architect, urban planner and artist Werner Düttmann (1921-1983) would have been 100 years old on March 6, 2021. Conceptualised and realised by the Brücke-Museum, the project  Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin honours this anniversary and will commence on  6 March with satellites at 28 different sites and locations, a comprehensive website, and a publication about Düttmann’s oeuvre.

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Due to COVID-19, Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin will open in two phases.

To mark his birthday, Saturday 6 March 2021, information panels at 28 locations will introduce visitors to Düttmann's architecture.

In addition to the Brücke-Museum, these include among others the traffic tower on Ku’damm, three underground stations on the U7 line in the Neukölln district of Berlin and the Mehringplatz in Kreuzberg.
For more in-depth information on these sites, the information panels at each location link to the extensive project website wernerduettmann.de.

It is the central information and navigation tool of the exhibition. Alongside introductory texts by renowned academics, video portraits and audio recordings present the structures in greater detail.
Curated routes make architectural contexts tangible and serve as inspiration for the next city walk.

The exhibition at the Brücke-Museum and presentations at four other exhibition venues will open on 17 April 2021.

Werner Düttmann was one of the central figures in West Berlin's urban and cultural life of the post-war period:

As a freelance architect and Senate building director (1960-1966), professor at the Technical University of Berlin (1966-1970) and president of the Academy of Arts (1971-1983), he shaped the face and structure of the city like hardly anyone else - from Reinickendorf to Dahlem, from Neukölln to Spandau.

His works include residential and cultural buildings such as the Brücke Museum for the Expressionist group of artists of the same name, public squares, social and traffic buildings.

In addition to the Academy of Arts and the Hansa Library in the Hansa Quarter, these include Ernst-Reuter-Platz, St. Agnes in Kreuzberg or St. Martin in the Märkisches Viertel, as well as the architect's residential buildings there, but also subway stations of the U7.

There are "exhibition satellites" at more than 30 locations that can be experienced free of charge, which draw attention to the respective location and provide background information on its formal language, history and location.

The "exhibition satellites" are designed by the Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik (Jesko Fezer, Anita Kasper, Andreas Müller). As highly visible markers of places in the urban space, they also highlight lesser-known and inconspicuous buildings and squares and identify them as Düttmann's work.

Among the selected places are

  • Traffic Pulpit at Joachimsthaler Platz
  • Hansa Library
  • Academy of the Arts
  • St. Agnes Church
  • Brücke-Museum
  • Ernst-Reuter-Platz
  • Residential house Hedemannstraße in Kreuzberg
  • Edinburgh House in Charlottenburg
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive and decentralized program of events and discourse.

A separate project website lists all the buildings on a city map and provides more detailed information on the architecture and program.

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